Japanese futures pointed to a lower open for the Nikkei 225 today. Nikkei futures in Chicago tumbled 1.64 percent to trade at 19,490 while Osaka futures fell 1.69 percent to trade at 19,480. Both were below the Nikkei 225’s close of 19,814.88 on Wednesday.

Australian SPI futures were down 1.14 percent at 5,720 compared to the ASX 200’s close of 5,786.028 yesterday.

Stocks in the U.S. finished lower following the latest headlines from Washington, with major indexes recording their worst sessions since last September. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 1.78 percent or 372.82 points to finish at 20,606.93, the S&P 500 tumbled 1.82 percent or 43.64 points to close at 2,357.03 and the Nasdaq dropped 2.57 percent or 158.63 to close finish at 6,011.24.