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Asia-Pacific markets mostly lower as second day of G-20 is underway


Biden says it’s ‘unlikely’ the missile that killed two people in Poland was fired from Russia

U.S. President Joe Biden said it’s “unlikely” a missile that killed two people in Poland was fired from Russia, citing the trajectory of the rocket.

Asked by a reporter if the missile was fired from Russia, Biden said: “There is preliminary information that contests that, I don’t want to say that until we completely investigate.”

He went on to say: “It’s unlikely… in the minds of the trajectory, that it was fired from Russia. But, we’ll see.”

Biden reiterated that the leaders of the Group of 7 agreed to support an ongoing investigation into the explosion.

“We agreed to support Poland’s investigation into the explosion in rural Poland near the Ukrainian border. And I’m going to make sure we figure out exactly what happened,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Bali, Indonesia.

–Jihye Lee

Tencent to report earnings, reportedly starting new round of job cuts

Chinese tech giant Tencent is due to report third-quarter earnings late in Asia.

The company is expected to see another drop in revenue after posting the first-ever revenue decline in the previous quarter ending in June. A median forecast from Refinitiv predicts a fall of 0.47% to 141.7 billion Chinese yuan ($20 billion).

Separately, sources told Reuters that Tencent is starting a new round of job cuts. The news comes as tech firms around the world announce layoffs.

Tencent shares rose as much as 3% in early trade, and were last up 0.83%, compared with a 0.81% fall in the broader Hang Seng index.

— Abigail Ng, Jihye Lee

World Bank says Russia is ‘wrecking their own future’ through Ukraine war

World Bank President David Malpass said Russia is hurting its own future by continuing a war on Ukraine.

“It weakens Russia, it makes them outcasts and it really is wrecking their own future,” he said. “I’m hurt by what Russia is doing to itself, to its own people.”

When asked about the latest developments of a Russian-made missile killing Polish citizens, Malpass said: “I don’t want to speculate about the missiles, but as far as the G-20 [goes], there’s been unity, broad unity of G-20 countries against war.”

–Jihye Lee

JPMorgan lowers its GDP forecasts for China

JPMorgan downgraded its economic forecasts for China in response to developments including a recent surge in Covid cases and a “notable drag on domestic activity,” analysts said in a note.

The investment bank now expects China’s GDP growth for 2022 to come in at 2.9%, down from its previous forecast of 3.1%. In 2023, JPMorgan sees China’s economy growing 4%, compared with an earlier prediction of 4.5%.

October’s retail sales and industrial production data released Tuesday disappointed as global growth slowed and China battled Covid outbreaks.

— Abigail Ng, Michael Bloom

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— Zavier Ong

Missile that killed 2 in Poland was Russian-made, Polish foreign ministry says

Two people were killed after a Russian-made missile fell inside Poland, the country’s foreign ministry said early Wednesday.

The ministry said Russia was carrying out a lengthy attack on Ukrainian infrastructure when the missile struck the village of Przewodów, killing two Polish citizens.

The Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Zbigniew Rau called on the Russian ambassador for “immediate detailed explanations” of the incident.

– Chris Eudaily

Stocks close higher for the third day in the last four

The major averages rose Tuesday after another report signaled that inflation could be slowing.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the day up 56.22 points, or 0.2%, at 33,592.92. The S&P 500 advanced 0.9% to 3,991.73, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite gained 1.5% to close at 11,358.41.

— Tanaya Macheel



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