Asian Stocks Slide as China’s Parliament Session Disappoints Investors

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Most Asian stocks experienced declines on Tuesday, with Hong Kong leading the downturn, as the commencement of China’s week-long annual session of parliament failed to impress investors with substantial stimulus measures to support the struggling economy.

Investor sentiment in the region was already subdued following a retreat from record highs on Wall Street, fueled by indications that the U.S. Federal Reserve is not considering immediate interest rate cuts. Similarly, U.S. stock futures and European futures pointed lower, reflecting the cautious market outlook.

During China’s parliament session, the government maintained last year’s target for economic growth at “around 5%” for the current year. Additionally, plans were announced to reduce the budget deficit to 3% of economic output, down from a revised 3.8% last year. Furthermore, the government unveiled intentions to issue 1 trillion yuan ($139 billion) in special ultra-long term treasury bonds, which are not included in the budget.

As market dynamics continue to evolve, investors closely monitor developments in China for insights into future trends and potential investment opportunities.

Source: Reuters

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