Asia stocks stagger into September as dollar spikes

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian stocks slid and the dollar spiked on Thursday as investors greeted September by selling everything that was not nailed down after a month battered by concerns about aggressive rate hikes from global policymakers. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slumped 1.3% in early Asia trade, following a slide in U.S. stock futures. The S&P 500 futures dropped 0.6%, while Nasdaq futures declined 1.1%. Japan’s Nikkei skidded 1.6% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell 1.4% while Chinese stocks dipped 0.3%. Tech stocks took a hit, dragged lower by a 6.6% after-…

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