Asian markets pull back, following Wall Street’s lead

2019-02-21

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 markets fall as uncertainty grows

2019-02-14

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 →

Asian markets mostly rise after U.S. shutdown ends

2019-01-27

Shares rose in Asia on Monday after President Donald Trump temporarily re-opened the U.S. government. Japan was the main regional outlier, as the Nikkei 225 index NIK, -0.60%   lost 0.4% with uncertainty over China-U.S. trade talks bringing a lull in buying sentiment. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index HSI, -0.14%Read More →

Asian markets rise, riding tech stocks’ wave

2019-01-24

Asian shares were mostly higher Friday after a moderate rise on Wall Street. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 NIK, +1.05%   rose 1%. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 XJO, +0.68%   added 0.7% in early trading, while South Korea’s Kospi SEU, +1.44%   was up 0.9%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng HSI, +1.39%  Read More →

Asian markets flat as Japan reports weak export data

2019-01-23

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, -0.14%   was less than 0.1% higher and South Korea’s Kospi SEU, +0.47%  rose 0.3%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng HSI, +0.00%Read More →

Asian markets slip on global growth worries

2019-01-21

Asian markets were lower on Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund trimmed its global outlook for 2019 and 2020. The downgrade came after China said its economy grew at the slowest pace in 30 years in the last quarter of 2018. Wall Street was closed for a holiday on Monday.Read More →

British pound volatile as Brexit-vote day arrives

2019-01-15

The British pound bounced around Tuesday, briefly pushing to pushing to levels not seen since mid-November, hours ahead of a crucial vote on an exit plan for the U.K. to leave the European Union. Giving up most of an earlier lead, sterling GBPUSD, -0.0466% last bought $1.2874, slightly higher thanRead More →

Fed restraint, trade hopes bolster Asian markets

2019-01-10

Asian markets were mostly higher on Friday as investors cheered a more restrained Federal Reserve and U.S.-China trade talks. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index NIK, +0.97%   advanced 0.7% and South Korea’s Kospi SEU, +0.55%   was 0.4% higher. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng HSI, +0.39%   rose 0.1%. The Shanghai CompositeRead More →