By Shinichi Saoshiro
TOKYO (Reuters) - Global stocks extended a sell-off on Tuesday as mounting trade tensions between the United States and other major economies continued to steer investors away from riskier assets, lifting safe-haven U.S. Treasuries and keeping the dollar on the defensive.
Equities in Asia took their cues from Wall Street, where the S&P 500 <.SPX> and Nasdaq <.IXIC> suffered their steepest losses in more than two months overnight. [.N]
U.S. technology shares were particularly hard hit. Chipmakers which derive much of their revenue from China took a battering, following a report on Monday that the U.S. Treasury Department was drafting curbs that would block companies with at least 25 percent Chinese ownership from buying U.S. tech firms.
Besides the trade spat with China, the United States has recently upped the ante in a challenge to the European Union by threatening to impose tariffs on cars imported from the bloc.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan <.MIAPJ0000PUS> dipped 0.1 percent.
Japan's Nikkei <.N225> lost 0.8 percent, South Korea's KOSPI <.KS11> fell 0.55 percent and Australian stocks <.AXJO> dropped 0.6 percent.
"Increasingly hawkish trade rhetoric the United States is employing could begin impacting the economy by cooling investor sentiment and curbing capital expenditure by corporations," said Masahiro Ichikawa, senior strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management.
"It's turning out to be a long-term bearish factor for the financial markets, as the United States is unlikely to back down at least through its midterm elections."
The dollar index against a basket of six major currencies stood little changed at 94.302 <.DXY> after dipping 0.25 percent overnight, when it fell for the fourth straight session.
The greenback was pressured as long-term U.S. Treasury yields declined to one-week lows amid the heightened risk aversion in financial markets.
The euro hovered just below an 11-day high of $1.1713
The U.S. currency was down 0.2 percent at 109.525 yen
Brent crude oil futures
Oil prices have seesawed after OPEC and its allies on Friday agreed to increase global supplies, albeit modestly.
(Reporting by Shinichi Saoshiro; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)
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Updated Date: Jun 26, 2018 07:05:16 IST