Asian markets largely down as investors take wait-and-see approach

Asian markets were mostly down in lackluster trading early Wednesday, as investors processed mixed signals on U.S.-China trade talks and awaited the Fed’s meeting later in the day. On Tuesday, Bloomberg News reported that some U.S. officials were worried that China was reneging on trade concessions and that Chinese negotiators have recently pushed back because the U.S. has not sufficiently […]

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Stocks rise in Japan, Australia as most Asian markets remain closed for holiday

Shares advanced in Asia on Wednesday following a rally on Wall Street led by technology companies. There was little if any immediate reaction to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index NIK, +0.23%  gained 0.3% early Wednesday. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 XJO, +0.34%  also climbed 0.5%. Markets in Hong Kong, mainland China and most of […]

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Asian markets flat as Japan reports weak export data

Asian markets were flat in subdued trading Wednesday as Japan reported weak export data and news surfaced of possible hiccups in China-U.S. trade talks. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index NIK, +0.09%  was less than 0.1% higher and South Korea’s Kospi SEU, +0.24% rose 0.3%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng HSI, -0.03%  edged less than 0.1% higher and the Shanghai Composite index SHCOMP, -0.13%  […]

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Asian markets rise, shaking off China slowdown concerns

Asian markets bounced back from slight early losses on Tuesday after senior economic officials said Beijing will cut taxes and keep monetary policy flexible to help weather China’s slowdown. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index NIK, +0.91% , reopening after a market holiday, added 0.8%. The Kospi SEU, +1.32%  in South Korea jumped 1.3%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng HSI, +1.54%  rebounded 1.7% after […]

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Asia stocks fall after Chinese trade data misses expectations

Asian equities were down at least 1% on Monday as data showed China exports weakened ahead of U.S.-China trade talks and tracking last week’s stock-market retreat in the U.S. Japan’s Nikkei NIK, -2.25% paced losses throughout the session, dropping 2.25% amid the dollar’s 0.4% decline versus the yen. China’s export growth sank in November as global demand weakened, adding to pressure […]

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Asian markets resume their fall, with tech stocks leading the way

Asian stock markets lost ground in early trading Monday following Friday’s regional bounce that eased last week’s pain. Japan’s Nikkei fell more than 1% following its worst week in right months, while indexes in Hong Kong and Taiwan also dropped more than 1%. Defensive stocks were down early in Japan. Near session lows in the early going, the Nikkei NIK, […]

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Nikkei drops about 4% as Asian markets follow Wall Street’s plunge

Asian stocks plummeted in early trading Thursday following the skid on Wall Street. Japan’s Nikkei NIK, -3.85%  fell about 4% as stocks got added pressure from the yen’s overnight bounce. The dollar was just above ¥112, versus ¥112.36 in late New York trade and ¥113 Wednesday morning. Through Wednesday, the dollar had fallen five straight days versus the yen USDJPY, […]

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