Asian markets rose in early trading Monday as investors awaited an update on the state of ongoing trade negotiations between the U.S. and China.

A report over the weekend said the proposed summit between President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping to sign a agreement ending the trade war may be pushed back to June as the deal is taking longer than originally hoped to finalize.

Japan’s Nikkei

NIK, +0.60%

  advanced 0.6% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index

HSI, +0.83%

  rose 0.9%. In mainland China, the Shanghai Composite

SHCOMP, +1.39%

  gained 1.1%, about the same as the smaller-cap Shenzhen Composite

399106, +1.48%

 . South Korea’s Kospi

SEU, -0.10%

  was about flat, while benchmark indexes in Taiwan

Y9999, +0.48%

 , Singapore

STI, +0.39%

  and Indonesia

JAKIDX, +0.75%

  rose slightly. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200

XJO, +0.15%

  rose slightly.

Among individual stocks, Rakuten

4755, +2.80%

 , SoftBank

9984, +1.66%

 and Nintendo

7974, +2.83%

  all rose in Tokyo trading. Tech companies Tencent

0700, +2.12%

  and Sunny Optical

2382, +2.86%

  gained in Hong Kong, while Samsung

005930, -1.47%

  fell in South Korea. Rio Tinto

RIO, +1.52%

  and Fortescue Metals

FMG, +5.09%

  advanced in Australia.

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2019-03-17