Singapore: Asian stocks followed Wall Street lower in early trade on Friday, while oil prices held close to the highest level in almost a month on optimism over an OPEC plan to curb output.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS fell 0.5 per cent, on track for a 0.4 per cent drop for the week. It is poised for a 2.2 per cent gain in September, and a 9.5 percent jump in the third quarter.
Japan's Nikkei retreated 1.5 per cent after sluggish consumption data. It is down 1.7 per cent for the month, but set to end the quarter 5.7 per cent higher.
Some Bank of Japan board members doubted whether the central bank's overhaul of its massive stimulus programme, announced last week would enhance flexibility of monetary policy, a summary of opinions at the central bank's September rate review showed on Friday.
Japanese consumer prices in August fell 0.5 per cent from a year earlier, missing expectations. Consumer prices in the Tokyo area in September dropped 0.5 per cent, the fastest year-on-year drop since 2013.
Japanese industrial output rose 1.5 per cent, beating expectations for a 0.5 per cent rise.
South Korea's KOSPI slipped 0.8 per cent after manufacturing activity contracted for a second month in September to hit a 14-month low, and August industrial output posted the biggest decline in 19 months.
On Thursday, Wall Street lost about 1 per cent as Deutsche Bank shares slumped to a record low after a report that trading clients had withdrawn excess cash and positions held in the largest German lender.
The bank's US shares closed down 6.7 per cent at $11.48 after earlier falling to as low as $11.185.
The immediate cause of Deutsche's crisis is a fine, disputed by Deutsche, of up to $14 billion by the US Department of Justice over its sale of mortgage-backed securities.
Deutsche's woes, alongside a grilling of Wells Fargo's chief executive by US lawmakers amid a call for the bank to be broken down due to a scandal over its opening of client accounts without agreement, helped push the S&P bank index down 1.6 per cent.
Oil prices extended gains, rising more than 1 per cent on Thursday, on optimism over an agreement by OPEC to cut output, but the rally was limited by doubts the reduction would make a substantial dent in the global crude glut.
US crude futures CLc1 added 1.7 per cent to $47.83, after climbing to as high as $48.32, the highest level in almost five weeks. They were little changed on Friday.
Brent crude LCOc1 rose 1.1 percent to $49.24 on Thursday, after earlier touching a three-week high of $49.24.
The US dollar was little changed at 101.09 yen heading for a flat end to the week, but down 2.2 per cent for September, and 2 per cent for the quarter.
While the yen is headed for its third straight quarter of gains, speculation that Japanese investors may buy more foreign assets in their new business half-year starting from October 1 could stem the Japanese currency's gains in the near term.
The euro was also steady at $1.12165, on track for a 0.1 per cent decline for the month, but up 1 per cent for the quarter.
The Indian rupee posted its biggest drop since June on Thursday, after Indian officials said elite troops crossed into Pakistan-ruled Kashmir and killed suspected militants preparing to infiltrate and carry out attacks on major cities, in a surprise raid that raised tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals....