Asia-Pacific markets mixed after modest Wall Street fall

Japan -0.46%.

China -1.33%.

Hong Kong -1.34%.

Australia +0.48%

India -0.02%.

Overnight in the U.S., major US stocks close lower. Nasdaq gives up modest gains into the close. The Dow industrial average fell -154.04 points or -0.47% at 32909.60, S&P index fell -9.28 points or -0.22% at 4128.72. The NASDAQ index fell -0.26 points (call it unchanged) at 12381.31.

Data from South Korea, the September Manufacturing business outlook improved to 82 from 80 in August. For the non-Manufacturing, steady at 81 for September (i.e. August was also 81).

Oil prices fell on Wednesday, taking a breather from a nearly 4% surge the previous day on receding fears of an imminent output cut by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies, a group known as OPEC+.

Global benchmark Brent crude futures fell 21 cents, or 0.2%, to $100.01 a barrel by 0114 GMT, after rising 3.9% on Tuesday.

The U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures contract was down 10 cents, or 0.1%, at $93.64 a barrel, having jumped 3.7% the previous day.

Gold held steady on Wednesday, with gains checked by an uptick in the U.S. dollar, as market participants looked forward to a speech from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell later this week.

Spot gold was little changed at $1,746.60 per ounce, as of 0126 GMT, after rising 0.7% in the previous session.

U.S. gold futures eased 0.2% to $1,758.20.

Spot silver fell 0.4% to $19.08 per ounce, platinum was steady at $879.72, and palladium rose 0.8% to $1,995.70.

U.S. futures lower. Dow Jones -0.17%; S&P 500 -0.17%; Nasdaq -0.21%.

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