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"The stringency in lockdown measures are inversely correlated with market performance, especially stocks sensitive to domestic demand," an emerging market strategist says. (Source photo by Tetsuya Kitayama and Reuters) 
Market Spotlight

Delta outbreak clouds Asian stock markets

Investors shy away as infections surge and tighter US monetary policy looms

JADA NAGUMO, Nikkei staff writer | Southeast Asia

TOKYO -- Asian stock markets are sharply underperforming the rest of the world in the third quarter, as global investors retreat from the region in the face of worsening COVID-19 case numbers and new lockdowns.

Fund managers and strategists say the outlook for the remainder of the year depends on vaccinations progressing -- but even then the region may struggle to attract inflows as the U.S. tightens monetary policy to the detriment of other markets and China continues a regulatory crackdown on its largest companies.

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