Trump holds slight edge, tight race in key battlegrounds: NBC

 (CNBC,NBC) – As of about 9:15 p.m. Eastern (9.15 Thailand), Donald Trump appeared to be outperforming most analysts’ expectations. In response, Dow futures fell more than 400 points.

So far there have been no surprises in the presidential results, but multiple key states should be reporting soon. As for the Senate, NBC has made several projections, including that Rob Portman would win re-election in Ohio.

Voting tallies are coming in. Here are the latest projections from NBC:

  • Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Virginia, Michigan and Georgia are all too close to call.
  • Trump was the projected winner in several states he had been expected to win: Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Indiana, West Virginia, South Carolina, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming, Louisiana and Kentucky.
  • Clinton is the projected winner in several states she had been expected to win: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont. She is also projected to win in D.C.
  • As expected, the Republicans are projected to maintain control of the House.
  • Florida is one of the keys to tonight’s outcome, and the race there was separated by only a single percentage point with 94 percent of the vote in, according to NBC.

Asia markets fell in today’s choppy session, as polling closed in some US states in the world’s most closely watched election of recent times.

Australia’s ASX 200 was down 0.57 percent, slipping from gains of 0.8 percent at the open. The benchmark index’s energy sub-index was down 2.14 percent, but losses were limited by the financials sub-index, which was down a more modest 0.18 percent.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 shed 1.34 percent, after rising more than 1 percent, as the yen, regarded as a safe haven currency, climbed amid nervousness over the vote. Dollar/yen was trading at 103.15 as of 10:06 a.m. HK/SIN, after climbing up to 105.46 earlier.

In South Korea, the Kospi fell 0.97 percent, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was down 1.72 percent.

Chinese shares were lower, with the Shanghai composite down 0.38 percent and the Shenzhen composite down 0.23 percent.

Dominic Schnider, head of Asia Pacific currency and commodities at UBS Wealth Management in Hong Kong, told CNBC that all eyes were on the U.S. polls.

“The general mode is just wait,” Schnider said. “For the time being everything’s on hold.”

US indexes closed higher, with the Dow Jones industrial average up 0.4 percent at 18,332.74. The S&P 500 gained 0.38 percent to 2,139.56 and the Nasdaq composite erased earlier losses to ended 0.53 percent higher.

Spot gold strengthened 1.50 percent to $1,293.36 an ounce, following three straight days of losses.











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