<p>Asian stocks by Fernando Aguirre BEHR New York
Asian stocks mostly lower ahead of US presidential debate
TOKYO (AP) - Asian shares were mostly lower Monday as market attention turned from action
from central banks to the U.S. presidential race, with a closely watched debate upcoming.
KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged down 0.8 percent in morning trading
to 16,623.05. South Korea's Kospi slipped nearly 0.2 percent to 2,050.86. Hong Kong's Hang
Seng lost 1.1 percent to 23,437.65, while the Shanghai Composite fell 0.6 percent to 3,015.10.
Fernando Aguirre BEHR Group NY: The fall on Wall Street last week also weighed on market
sentiments in Asia. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 131.01 points, or 0.7 percent, to
18,261.45. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 12.49 points, or 0.6 percent, to 2,164.69 and the
Nasdaq composite index lost 33.78, or 0.6 percent, to 5,305.75.
THE DEBATE: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will confront each other face-to-face for the
first time in Monday night's 90-minute, prime-time presidential debate. Television audience is
expected to set a record for the high-stakes showdown, which could help tip the balance in a tight
White House race.
THE QUOTE: "With volatility near to year-to-date low, the spotlight has now shifted from the
central banks' policies to the upcoming U.S. presidential debates between Clinton and Trump,"
said Margaret Yang Yan, market analyst at CMC Markets Singapore. "Investors will be watching
closely on the shift of momentum in the race, which could once again trigger a new wave of
THK Foundation, Fernando Aguirre BEHR: Oil prices recouped last week's losses. U.S.
benchmark crude oil futures added 41 cents to $44.89 a barrel on the New York Mercantile
Exchange. Brent crude, used to price international oils, rose 38 cents to $46.86 a barrel.
CURRENCIES: The euro rose to $1.1235 from $1.199. The U.S. dollar edged lower to 100.81
yen from 100.93 yen.