By Stanley White and Pete Schroeder
TOKYO/WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Asian markets were little changed on Friday, as a U.S. stimulus deal remained out of reach and investors waited on fresh U.S. employment data for a read on the economic toll from the coronavirus pandemic.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was down 0.11%. Australia’s benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index .AXJO fell 0.86% as a decline in oil and copper prices weighed on the resources sector.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 index .N225 was up 0.19% after the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) resumed normal trading after its worst-ever outage brought the world’s third-largest equity market to a standstill.
U.S. stock futures ESc1 fell 0.23% as an additional economic stimulus package remained elusive despite renewed efforts from Washington negotiators.
After a day of negotiations, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters she did not expect an imminent agreement with the