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Asian stocks slipped, with the benchmark index headed for its longest losing streak since August, as Spanish bond yields surged closer to levels that prompted other European countries to seek bailouts.
Nikkei 225 9,458.74 -79.28 -0.83%
Hang Seng 20,121.71 -234.53 -1.15%
S&P/ASX 200 4,246.13 -46.14 -1.07%
Shanghai Composite 2,308.92 +3.06 +0.13%
Esprit Holdings Ltd., a clothier that depends on Europe for about 80 percent of sales, fell 3.1 percent in Hong Kong.
China Shipping Development Co. slumped 8.6 percent after the commodities carrier said it may post a first-quarter loss on lower cargo rates.
Sony Corp. and Sharp Corp., Japan’s biggest makers of liquid-crystal-display televisions, dropped more than 3 percent after posting record losses amid declining TV sales and a stronger yen.
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