U.S. stocks tumbled, with the Nasdaq Composite Index falling the most since 2011, as a technology selloff resumed amid concern valuations may be too high at the start of earnings season.
Japanese stock futures extended losses after the central bank issued a statement that it kept bond purchases unchanged.
Japanese stock futures rose, after U.S. equities advanced for the first time in three days amid an unexpected increase in consumer confidence. The yen was little changed against the dollar.
Residential real-estate prices climbed at a slower pace in the year through January than a month earlier, indicating momentum in the housing market may be cooling.
UBS AG plans to start trading Chinese stock-index futures after turnover more than tripled in the past two years amid growing investor demand for ways to hedge against equity losses.
The London gold fix, the benchmark used by miners, jewelers and central banks to value the metal, may have been manipulated for a decade by the banks setting it, researchers say.
Japanese stock futures pared gains after the Bank of Japan issued a statement that it kept monetary policy unchanged.
Fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign employers are holding the line on firings even as cold weather slowed industries from manufacturing to housing.
Russian stock futures rose as oil climbed for the first time in three days on speculation growth will improve in the U.S. and China.
Indian stock-index futures gained after the World Bank raised its global growth forecast as investors awaited the release of wholesale-price inflation data.
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