Asian Stocks End Lower; Nikkei Falls 1.1%

Asian stocks ended lower Thursday after Japanese machinery orders unexpectedly fell in February.
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NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- Asian stocks ended lower Thursday after Japanese machinery orders unexpectedly fell in February.

Core machinery orders in Japan fell 5.4% from a month earlier to 684.6 billion yen ($7.3 billion). It was the second straight month of declines.

Tokyo's Nikkei 225 stock average fell 124.63 points, or 1.1%, to 11,168.20. The benchmark index in Shanghai fell 0.9%, while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong fell 0.3%.

Stocks in Europe were lower. Shares in London and Frankfurt were falling 1.1%; in Paris the stock market was down 1.5%.

Premarket futures in the U.S. suggest stocks will open lower on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

fell 0.7% to 10,897.52. The

S&P 500

fell 0.6%, while the

Nasdaq

declined 0.2%.

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