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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) 
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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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