Financial markets look set for another troubled week, as most of Asia’s stock markets tumbled on Monday and investors looked for safe places to park their money.

Tokyo shares were up half a percent on Monday morning, but stocks in the Asia-Pacific region were broadly and heavily lower. Hong Kong and South Korea shares were down more than 4 percent. The biggest drop in the region came from Australia, where stocks fell more than 6 percent.

Futures markets signaled that Wall Street would open sharply lower.

Investors were reacting in part to a political stalemate in the United States. Senate Democrats on Sunday blocked action on an emerging deal to prop up the American economy, halting the progress of a nearly $2 trillion government rescue package. They contended that the legislation failed to adequately protect workers or impose strict enough restrictions on bailed-out businesses.

Investors signaled their skittishness by putting money in places generally considered safe. The price of the 10-year Treasury bond rose, sending yields lower. Gold futures also rose. Oil prices were mixed, with American benchmark crude modestly higher but European crude falling more than 3 percent.

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