Asian markets were mostly higher Wednesday after a listless day of modest losses on Wall Street. Chinese benchmarks led the advance, lifted by promises the legislature will enact measures to open the economy and cool trade tensions. The Shanghai Composite index SHCOMP, +1.57%   jumped 0.9% and Hong Kong’s HangRead More →

Shares declined in most Asian markets Tuesday, tracking an overnight sell-off on Wall Street. But stocks in Shanghai and Shenzhen advanced after the government set an ambitious target for growth this year that implies strong government support for the economy. The Shanghai Composite index SHCOMP, +0.11%   rose 0.1%, whileRead More →

Asian stocks were mixed in early trading Thursday as investors remained cautious amid a spate of worldwide geopolitical concerns, including President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, U.S.-China trade talks, testimony by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, Brexit and conflict between India and Pakistan. Japan’s NikkeiRead More →

Asian shares were higher in muted trading Wednesday as investors awaited the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 NIK, +0.50%   added 0.5% in early trading. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 XJO, +0.36%   gained 0.3% and South Korea’sRead More →

Asian shares were mostly lower Friday after a slide on Wall Street as investors nervously watched the U.S.-China trade talks in Washington. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 NIK, -0.27%   slipped 0.3% in morning trading. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 XJO, +0.43%   gained 0.4% while South Korea’s Kospi SEU, -0.30%   fellRead More →

Asian shares were broadly lower on Friday, tracking a weak Wall Street session as traders awaited the conclusion of U.S.-China talks in Beijing. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 NIK, -1.25%   retreated 1.2% and the Kospi SEU, -1.59%   in South Korea tumbled 1.6%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng HSI, -1.84%  Read More →

The U.S. dollar strengthened against most of its major rivals Monday, shaking off last week’s weakness that followed the Federal Reserve’s dovish about-face. The ICE U.S. Dollar Index DXY, +0.26% which measures the greenback against six major rivals, was 0.3% higher at 95.853. Last week, the index dropped 0.2% inRead More →