- Asia markets fell sharply on Thursday, with the stock indexes in Shanghai and Shenzhen both tumbling more than 5 percent.
- Both the Dow and S&P 500 posted their biggest one-day drops since early February, while the Nasdaq notched its largest single day sell-off since June 24, 2016.
- As of 2:06 p.m. ET, the Dow Jones industrial average futures pointed to an implied open of 298.74 points lower.
Asia markets fell sharply on Thursday, with the stock indexes in Shanghai and Shenzhen both tumbling more than 5 percent.
In the Greater China region, the was down by 3.88 percent in afternoon trade. Over on the mainland, the Shanghai composite fell 5.22 percent to close at 2,583.46 and the Shenzhen composite plunged 6.445 percent to end at 1,293.90.
The fall in the Shanghai index was its worst day since February 2016, according to Chinese financial services firm Wind Information.
In Taiwan, the tech-heavy Taiex dropped by 6.31 percent to close at 9,806.11, with shares of lens maker and Apple supplier Largan Precision plunging 9.89 percent.
Japan's markets also faltered. The dropped by 3.89 percent to close at 22,590.86 while the Topix index declined by 3.52 percent to end the trading day at 1,701.86, with major sectors down.
Over in South Korea, the Kospi continued the general trend for the day by tumbling 4.14 percent to close at 2,136.31.
In Sydney, the ASX 200 fell 2.74 percent to close at 5,883.8, with most sectors lower. The energy subindex was down 3.75 percent, materials was lower by 2.56 percent and the heavily weighted financial sector fell 2.9 percent.
In Southeast Asia, stocks also fell sharply. During mid-afternoon trade, Singapore's Straits Times Index fell by 2.66 percent, while the Jakarta composite was down by 1.76 percent, and the KLCI in Malaysia was lower by 1.71 percent.
Meanwhile, India's Nifty 50 fell by around 1.95 percent.
Both the Dow and S&P 500 posted their biggest one-day drops since early February, while the Nasdaq notched its largest single day sell-off since June 24, 2016.
At the same time, the most widely watched measure of investor fear spiked on Wednesday. The , popularly known as the VIX, leaped about 44 percent to 22.96 — its highest level since the beginning of April. The VIX measures implied volatility on S&P 500 index options.
Meanwhile, the price of major cryptocurrencies plunged on Thursday with billions of dollars in value being wiped out in a matter of hours.
In the mid afternoon during Asia hours, bitcoin had fallen more than 4 percent to around $6,275, while XRP and ethereum both tanked by more than 11 percent, according to data from Coinmarketcap.com. It's not unusual to see bitcoin lead other digital tokens lower.
U.S. futures continued to trend lower on Thursday morning during Asian hours. As of 2:20 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones industrial average futures pointed to an implied open of 299.74 points lower.
Some analysts said that the decline on Wall Street did not appear to have any catalyst, including the ongoing trade friction between the U.S. and China. That has "been ongoing since the start of the year," Joseph Capurso, senior currency strategist at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, wrote in a note.
Ray Attrill, head of foreign exchange strategy at National Australia Bank said in a note that this month's sell-off in stocks could have been due to "a simple rush to book some profits."
"The smaller-cap Russell 2000, representing companies that should not be particularly sensitive to either US bond yields or trade concerns, started falling well ahead of the US household name indices, and month-to-date is now off almost 10%," Attrill said.
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