SINGAPORE — Stocks in Asia-Pacific declined in Friday morning trade following an overnight drop on Wall Street.

The Nikkei 225 in Japan fell 1.36% in early trade while the Topix index shed 0.88%. South Korea’s Kospi dipped 0.92%.

Shares in Australia also edged lower as the S&P/ASX 200 shed 0.14%.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan traded 0.25% lower.

Investors will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation in India, on Friday, after more than 310,000 new daily infections were registered on Thursday.

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Currencies and oil

The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 91.287 — off levels below 91.2 seen earlier in the week.

The Japanese yen traded at 107.90 per dollar, still stronger than levels above 108.4 against the greenback seen earlier this week. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7701, following its slip yesterday from around $0.776.

Oil prices were higher in the morning of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures up 0.52% to $65.74 per barrel. U.S. crude futures advanced 0.65% to $61.83 per barrel.



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