05 Aug '11, 1am

Asia markets tumble amid recession fears

Asia markets tumble amid recession fears

HONG KONG: Asian stock markets tumbled in early trade on Friday following the fall in the US and European markets amid fears the world was heading towards another financial crisis. Singapore dropped almost 3.6 percent, reflecting the massive sell-off in US stocks that is driving Asian markets down. Major markets in Japan, Australia, South Korea and Hong Kong also reacted with falls by at least four percent in the opening minutes of trade as already-fragile investor confidence was hammered by the eurozone debt crisis and more weak US economic data. "It's going to be very ugly end to an even uglier week," IG Markets analyst Ben Potter said in Sydney, adding that all sectors were expected to take a battering. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index shed 1,063.68 points, or 4.81 percent, to 20,831.06. Australia's benchmark S&P/ASX 200 was 174 points lower at 4,102, while in Tokyo the Nikk...

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