Asian stocks tumble after US markets sharply sell-off; Nikkei loses 2.6% – CNBC

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Asian shares took a tumble on Friday, taking cues from U.S. indexes which extended sharp losses in the last session.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 2.63 percent, with losses seen in most sectors. Automakers, financials, manufacturers and technology stocks traded firmly in negative territory.

Among blue chips, Toyota sank 1.5 percent, Fanuc Manufacturing lost 3.84 percent and Fast Retailing was down 3.32 percent.

The Nikkei 225 was in correction territory, having declined around 12 percent from its 52-week high as of Friday morning.

Across the Korean Strait, the Kospi lost 1.46 percent, with most sectors trading in negative territory.

Tech heavyweight Samsung Electronics was down 2.09 percent in the morning. The stock was also not helped by news on Thursday that prosecutors had conducted a search on the company’s offices as part of a probe into previous South Korean president Lee Myung-bak, Reuters said, citing Yonhap News Agency.

Down Under, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 1.11 percent, with all sectors but gold producers in the red. The energy sector led losses in the early going, falling 2.21 percent, while the heavily weighted financials sub-index was down 0.81 percent.

Greater China markets were similarly downbeat. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index lost 3.11 percent, with commerce and industry plays, as well as financials trading lower by nearly 3 percent. Heavily-weighted financials HSBC and China Construction Bank lost 1.99 percent and 3.09 percent, respectively.

Property developers also saw significant declines: China Evergrande Group dropped 6.24 percent and Country Garden fell 7.11 percent.

On the mainland, the Shanghai composite fell 3.02 percent and the Shenzhen composite sank 2.69 percent.

Data released on Friday showed the consumer price index rose 1.5 percent in January compared to one year ago, which was in line with forecasts, Reuters said. Meanwhile, the producer price index rose 4.3 percent on year, a touch below the 4.4 percent projected in a Reuters poll.

The declines in Asia mirrored the showing from U.S. stocks, which plummeted once again on Thursday as investors worried about higher U.S. bond yields.

“From the professional investment community, you’ve seen some capitulation. From the retail community, you’ve seen almost none. What scares us the most about the markets going forward is that you’ve had this large inflow of money coming from retail and very little of it has exited the market so far,” Eric Liu, head of research at Vanda Research, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

The sell-off stateside came after the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note neared its highest levels in four years after the Bank of England indicated the need for interest rates to rise more and sooner than earlier forecast.

The Dow Jones industrial average moved into correction territory after falling 1,032.89 points, or 4.15 percent, to close at 23,860.46. The S&P 500 lost 3.75 percent to end at 2,581 and the Nasdaq composite lost 3.9 percent to finish the session at 6,777.16.

Meanwhile, the yield on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note last stood at 2.84 percent after rising as high as 2.88 percent on Thursday.

The most recent stock market declines are a continuation of the sell-off that began last Friday when U.S. bond yields rose on the back of a better-than-expected jobs print.

Investors stateside also kept an eye on a possible government shutdown. The White House on Thursday informed government agencies to prepare for the event as a midnight deadline for a funding bill to be passed drew nearer.

Following the news, Dow futures traded higher by 106 points and S&P 500 futures traded higher by 6.6 points.

In currencies, the dollar index, which measures the U.S. currency against a basket of six rivals, was mostly steady at 90.244 at 9:30 a.m. HK/SIN.

Against the yen, the greenback edged up to trade at 108.93, compared to levels around the 109 handle seen at the beginning of the week.

On the commodities front, oil prices extended losses after declining for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures lost 0.95 percent to trade at $60.57 per barrel. Brent crude futures slipped 0.66 percent to trade at $64.38.

— CNBC’s Fred Imbert contributed to this report.