Asian markets were mixed in early trading Thursday, tracking Wall Street’s lackluster trading day.

Markets largely shrugged off a report that the U.S. and China may sign a long-negotiated trade deal in late May or early June, as well of claims that North Korea test-fired a new tactical guided weapon, its first such test since November.

Japan’s Nikkei

NIK, -0.87%

  slipped after data showed disappointing readings in factory activity and manufacturer confidence. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index

HSI, -0.55%

  fell slightly, while the Shanghai Composite

SHCOMP, -0.21%

  was about flat. South Korea’s Kospi

SEU, -1.35%

  fell 1%, while benchmark indexes in Taiwan

Y9999, -0.32%

 , Singapore

STI, -0.13%

  and Indonesia

JAKIDX, +0.72%

  rose slightly. Australia’s S&P/ASX

XJO, -0.07%

 was about flat.

Among individual stocks, Honda

7267, +1.14%

  and Inpex

1605, +0.09%

  gained in Tokyo trading, while SoftBank Group

9984, -2.42%

  and Nintendo

7974, -1.46%

  fell. In Hong Kong, Apple suppliers AAC

2018, +1.47%

  and Sunny Optical

2382, +1.83%

  jumped, while Geely Automotive

0175, -4.25%

  sank. Samsung

005930, -2.98%

  fell in South Korea, after reports that its expensive new foldable smartphone was breaking after just a day or two. Rio Tinto

RIO, +1.39%

  and Fortescue Metals

FMG, +0.40%

  rose in Australia.

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