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Japan (NKY:IND) markets closed on January 3 due to a powerful earthquake that struck the central region. The country is evaluating the impact of this event and is set to reopen its markets on January 4.

China (SHCOMP) experienced a marginal dip of 0.07%, while Hong Kong (HSI) faced a more notable decline of 1.13%. Indiaโ€™s market (SENSEX) also descended by 0.46%. The S&P Global India Manufacturing PMI dropped to 54.9 in December 2023 from 56.0 a month earlier, marking the lowest figure since June 2022 and missing market forecasts of 55.9.

Australia (AS51) reported a 1.37% decrease. In the U.S. on Tuesday, all three major indexes finished with fluctuating results amidst a technology stocks rout. This came as investors locked in profits following a strong run in 2023. Equities were also impacted by a rebound in the dollar and Treasury yields as investors awaited crucial US jobs data and the latest Federal Reserve meeting minutes. Analysts also noted increased geopolitical tensions in the Middle East after Iran deployed a warship to the Red Sea this week, challenging US forces in the vital trade route.

U.S. stock futures saw minimal changes on Wednesday after the tech-heavy Nasdaq Compositeโ€™s most challenging session since October, with Dow at -0.06%; S&P 500 at -0.03%; and Nasdaq at -0.06%.

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