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Asian markets pull back as pandemic worries overshadow earnings

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BEIJING — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower on Tuesday as jitters about the fast spread of the coronavirus’s delta variant dented enthusiasm about strong corporate profits.

Investors looked ahead to U.S. jobs data due out this week for signs of the health of the world’s biggest economy.

The Shanghai Composite Index
SHCOMP,
-0.24%

was about flat and the Nikkei 225
NIK,
-0.71%

in Tokyo sank 0.8%. The Hang Seng
HSI,
-0.37%

in Hong Kong tumbled 0.8%.

The Kospi
180721,
+0.13%

in South Korea gained 0.2% and Sydney’s S&P/ASX 200
XJO,
-0.33%

was 0.1% lower. Stocks slipped in Singapore
STI,
-0.71%

and Taiwan
Y9999,
+0.07%

but gained in Indonesia
JAKIDX,
+0.62%
.

Wall Street’s benchmark S&P 500 index closed lower,…

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