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Wall Street plunges after US inflation shock – latest updates


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What happened overnight 

Meta’s share price plunged further on Wednesday night. The tech giant’s stock fell nearly 17pc in after-hours trading.

In response, Asian equities were mixed on Thursday morning as investors turned cautious.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 2.2pc, or 831.60 points, to end at 37,628.48, while the broader Topix index dropped 1.7pc, or 47.20 points, to 2,663.53.

South Korea’s Kospi dropped nearly 1pc to 2,649.96. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.5pc to 17,282.67, while the Shanghai Composite edged 0.2pc higher, to 3,049.90.

Trading was closed in Australia for a national holiday, Anzac Day.

Wall Street delivered a mixed performance on Wednesday as markets await key US inflation data while digesting mixed corporate earnings.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended down 0.1pc at 38,460.92. The broad-based S&P 500 ended flat at 5,071.63, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index gained 0.1pc to 15,712.75. 

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