Asia shares, oil battle as Omicron worries weigh By Reuters

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By Kevin Buckland

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian inventory markets have been typically weaker with in holiday-thinned buying and selling on Monday, as uncertainty over the financial influence of the Omicron coronavirus variant weighed on investor sentiment.

U.S. airways have cancelled or delayed hundreds of flights over the previous three days resulting from COVID-19-related workers shortages, whereas a number of cruise ships needed to cancel stops after outbreaks on-board.

In Asia, China reported its highest every day rise in native COVID-19 instances in 21 months over the weekend as infections greater than doubled within the northwestern metropolis of Xian, the nation’s newest COVID scorching spot.

misplaced 0.20% whereas South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.11%.

Mainland Chinese language shares, although, have been blended, with Shanghai’s benchmark sliding 0.37% however an index of blue chips edged 0.05% increased.

Australia, Hong Kong and Britain are amongst markets closed Monday for holidays.

“There’s concern over the widening unfold of the Omicron variant, which is total making individuals cautious about taking shares increased” in Japan, mentioned a market participant at a Japanese securities agency.

Wall Avenue buying and selling resumes later within the international day following a vacation on Friday. U.S. shares closed at information on Thursday amid indicators Omicron might trigger a milder stage of sickness, even because the extremely transmissible pressure led to a surge in case numbers world wide.

Emini futures level to a 0.1% rise for the when it reopens.

Within the international trade markets, the U.S. greenback continued to languish close to the underside of its vary of the previous month in opposition to a basket of main friends, after hitting a 16-month excessive in November as Federal Reserve policymakers turned extra hawkish.

The was about flat at 96.116, in direction of the underside of the vary from 95.544 to the 16-month peak at 96.938 reached on Nov. 24.

Within the crude market, U.S. West Texas Intermediate futures fell 59 cents to $73.20 a barrel. The contract didn’t commerce on Friday due to the U.S. market vacation.

although rose 26 cents to $76.40 a barrel, rebounding from Friday’s 71 cent decline.

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