Asian markets flat as investors eye trade-deal developments

2019-11-05

Asian markets were little changed in early trading Tuesday, as investors awaited further developments in U.S.-China trade talks. Japan’s Nikkei NIK, +0.06%   was up slightly while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index HSI, -0.08%   was about flat. The Shanghai Composite SHCOMP, -0.19%   slipped 0.2% and the Shenzhen CompositeRead More →

Asian markets rise on renewed hopes for trade deal

2019-11-03

Asian markets gained in early trading Monday on renewed optimism over U.S.-China trade talks. In an interview with Bloomberg Television on Sunday, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said “we’re making good progress” and that there was “no natural reason” why a “phase one” trade deal couldn’t be reached this month.Read More →

Asian markets cautiously rise amid fresh trade-deal doubts

2019-10-31

Asian markets mostly gained in cautious trading Friday amid fresh doubts about the likelihood of a U.S.-China trade deal. Bloomberg News reported Thursday that Chinese officials were expressing doubts about the chances of a comprehensive trade deal even if a “phase one” partial deal is signed. President Donald Trump, meanwhile,Read More →

Asian markets retreat ahead of Fed announcement

2019-10-29

Asian markets fell in early trading Wednesday, following new doubts about a U.S.-China trade deal and ahead of an expected interest-rate cut by the U.S. Federal Reserve. While U.S. officials, including President Donald Trump, in recent days had touted progress in trade talks, Reuters reported Tuesday that a “phase one”Read More →

Asian stocks rise ahead of a busy week for markets

2019-10-28

Asian markets kicked off a busy week by gaining in early trading Monday, after comments Friday that the U.S. and China were close to reaching a “phase one” trade deal. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office said that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin spoke with ChineseRead More →

Asian markets little changed ahead of ECB meeting

2019-10-23

Asian markets were mixed in early trading Thursday following gains on Wall Street and ahead of the European Central Bank’s meeting. U.S. stocks inched higher Wednesday despite largely disappointing earnings reports, with some experts saying confidence in the Federal Reserve — and in a potential interest-rate cut next week —Read More →

Asian markets retreat as trade tensions ratchet back up

2019-10-08

Asian markets slipped in early trading Wednesday amid growing pessimism over U.S.-China trade talks scheduled later this week. Late Monday, the U.S. blacklisted 28 Chinese companies, including artificial-intelligence companies because of their alleged role in human-rights violations against the Uighur Muslim minority. And Tuesday, the U.S. announced visa restrictions againstRead More →

Asian markets retreat on mixed trade-war news

2019-09-29

Asian markets pulled back in early trading Monday, amid conflicting signals on the trade-war front. China said Sunday that its top trade negotiator, Vice Premier Liu He, will travel to Washington on October for renewed trade negotiations with the U.S. An exact date for the talks was not announced, butRead More →