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Asia-Pac equities pressured lower on Tuesday as risk off sentiment takes hold in the region. Investors are considering delays to the proposed stimulus package in the US which has impacted risk tone. The Hang Seng led the way lower in the region, losing around 2.4% after rallying last week. Tencent added some downward pressure on profit taking after the firm's market value rose to the cusp of $1tn for the first time yesterday. The PBOC unexpectedly withdrew CNY 278bn of liquidity from the system and a PBOC adviser said he saw a stock bubble which exacerbated downward pressure.
- US futures are lower on the prevarication over the stimulus package and as US health official expressed concern about vaccination delays. Nasdaq 100 contracts also pointed lower, several key earnings are due after-market including Microsoft, AMD and Starbucks. European futures are slightly higher, key earnings today include LVMH, Novartis and UBS.