• Asia stocks slipped on Monday in a subdued start to a week where Japan’s central bank might edge further away from its uber-easy policies, while a key reading on U.S. inflation is expected to underpin market pricing of interest rate cuts there.
  • Japan’s Nikkei lost 1.2%, weighed in part by a firm yen. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped 0.5%.
  • South Korea’s main index was flat , showing no obvious reaction to reports North Korea had fired a ballistic missile off its east coast. Chinese blue chips edged up 0.2%, but that follows five straight weeks of falls.
  • S&P 500 futures inched up 0.1%, while Nasdaq futures were near flat. EUROSTOXX 50 futures slipped 0.4% and FTSE futures 0.2%.