GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian stocks follow Wall Street lower, nervous wait for U.S. jobs data

* Tech leads modest losses across Asia

* MSCI AxJ down 1.5%, shallower than 5% Nasdaq plunge

* Limited spillover into currency and bond markets; payrolls eyed

* Asian stock markets: https://tmsnrt.rs/2zpUAr4

By Tom Westbrook

SINGAPORE, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Asia’s stock markets had their worst session in two weeks on Friday following a tech-led plunge on Wall Street, though gains in safer assets like bonds and dollars were muted as investors awaited U.S. job data to see if it triggers a bigger selloff.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 1.5% and looked set to snap a six-week winning streak with a 2.3% weekly loss, its biggest since April.

The Nikkei declined 1%. Australia’s ASX 200 led losses with a 3% fall as global investors sold growth-exposed miners like BHP and traders trimmed positions ahead of the weekend in case Wall Street takes another dive.

Elsewhere drops

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Wall Street sinks as tech sell-off continues

(Reuters) – Wall Street’s main indexes extended declines on Friday, with the Nasdaq on track for its worst two-day fall since March as technology stocks sold off again, overshadowing data showing a steeper-than-expected drop in the August unemployment rate.

FILE PHOTO: The front facade of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is seen in New York City, New York, U.S., June 26, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The tech-heavy Nasdaq lost over 4% and the S&P 500 dropped below its February peak, as the indexes lost ground for the second straight day after hitting record closing highs on historic stimulus and a narrow rally in heavyweight technology stocks.

Mega-cap companies Apple Inc, Microsoft Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Facebook Inc, which were down between 4.5% and 5.9%, weighed heavily on the indexes.

“It’s just position squaring … not surprising since we’ve seen a pretty sizable run up in the tech space in the

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