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By Sarah Turner and Chris Oliver, MarketWatch

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Euro-zone manufacturing activity also contracted in November, falling for a 16th month, with the headline index at 46.2, below the 50 level, which separates expansion from contraction.

The weaker European and U.S. numbers saw exporters slipping in Hong Kong on Tuesday, as Esprit Holdings Ltd. /zigman2/quotes/205943307/delayed HK:330 -4.92%   /zigman2/quotes/209270177/delayed ESHDF -53.33%  lost 2.9% and Belle International Holdings Ltd.   declined 1.6%.

Luggage firm Samsonite International SA /zigman2/quotes/203535856/delayed HK:1910 -5.41%   /zigman2/quotes/206951683/delayed SMSOF -12.78%  tumbled 1.7%. Airline Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. /zigman2/quotes/203532437/delayed HK:293 -0.12%   /zigman2/quotes/208114856/delayed CPCAY 0.00% slipped 1%, amid a CNBC report that flight attendants had set a 3 p.m. local-time deadline for management to respond to salary demands or face possible labor action.

Other airlines traded mixed in Shanghai, as Air China Ltd. /zigman2/quotes/203341301/delayed CN:601111 -1.34%   /zigman2/quotes/207207351/delayed AIRYY -2.20%  added 0.2% and China Eastern Airlines Corp. /zigman2/quotes/208816122/delayed CN:600115 -0.96%   /zigman2/quotes/205483076/composite CEA -2.57%  slipped 1.5%.

Still, top Hang Seng Index component HSBC Holdings PLC /zigman2/quotes/202687335/delayed HK:5 -2.57%    managed to gain 0.6% to support the benchmark, while No. 2 component China Mobile Ltd. /zigman2/quotes/200868736/delayed HK:941 +2.62%   /zigman2/quotes/204514293/composite CHL +2.76%  rose 1.4%.

Industrials and mining stocks were among the worst performers in Australia, with gold extractor Newcrest Mining Ltd. /zigman2/quotes/203840223/delayed AU:NCM +0.78%   /zigman2/quotes/206026738/delayed NCMGF -0.92%  down 1.8%, copper miner PanAust Ltd. declining 2.9% and engineering group Leighton Holdings Ltd.  down 1.6%

In Japan, tech exporters saw some weakness, with Hitachi Ltd. /zigman2/quotes/203839937/delayed JP:6501 -0.74%   /zigman2/quotes/203416411/delayed HTHIF +6.27%  lower by 1.9%, and camera-maker Nikon Corp. /zigman2/quotes/203281219/delayed JP:7731 +2.45%   /zigman2/quotes/203151879/delayed NINOF 0.00% falling 3.1%.

Advantest Corp. /zigman2/quotes/206869087/delayed JP:6857 -0.89%   /zigman2/quotes/202479540/delayed ADTTF -8.70%  tumbled 3.6% after Crédit Suisse cut its rating on the firm to underperform from outperform.

Sharp Corp. /zigman2/quotes/203224600/delayed JP:6753 -0.57%   /zigman2/quotes/207472799/delayed SHCAF +2.80%  rose 1.2%, however, after a Nikkei news report that it plans to join Qualcomm Inc. /zigman2/quotes/206679220/composite QCOM -4.10% to develop an energy-efficient LCD smartphone panel. Read: Sharp, Qualcomm join on next-gen LCD panel: report

South Korea trading saw heavyweight tech major Samsung Electronics Co. /zigman2/quotes/209800866/delayed KR:005930 +0.43%   /zigman2/quotes/202367843/delayed SSNLF 0.00%  dip 0.1%, and LG Electronics Inc. /zigman2/quotes/209966407/delayed KR:066570 +1.12%   /zigman2/quotes/206354790/delayed LGEIY 0.00%  move down 1.8%.

/zigman2/quotes/205943307/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 0.58
-0.03 -4.92%
Volume: 9.19M
April 3, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
HK$1.09 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$2.22M
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/zigman2/quotes/209270177/delayed
US : U.S.: OTC
$ 0.07
-0.08 -53.33%
Volume: 175,000
April 3, 2020 1:47p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$131.96 million
Rev. per Employee
$282,733
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/zigman2/quotes/203535856/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 6.30
-0.36 -5.41%
Volume: 10.80M
April 3, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
8.71
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
HK$9.03 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$2.07M
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/zigman2/quotes/206951683/delayed
US : U.S.: OTC
$ 0.79
-0.12 -12.78%
Volume: 339.00
April 3, 2020 1:22p
P/E Ratio
8.50
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$1.12 billion
Rev. per Employee
$263,681
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/zigman2/quotes/203532437/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 8.19
-0.01 -0.12%
Volume: 1.28M
April 3, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
19.06
Dividend Yield
2.20%
Market Cap
HK$32.22 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$4.27M
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/zigman2/quotes/208114856/delayed
US : U.S.: OTC
$ 5.11
0.00 0.00%
Volume: 8,800
April 3, 2020 3:45p
P/E Ratio
18.64
Dividend Yield
4.17%
Market Cap
$4.16 billion
Rev. per Employee
$544,403
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/zigman2/quotes/203341301/delayed
CN : China: Shanghai
¥ 6.64
-0.09 -1.34%
Volume: 25.83M
April 3, 2020 3:00p
P/E Ratio
15.05
Dividend Yield
0.67%
Market Cap
¥96.44 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥1.57M
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/zigman2/quotes/207207351/delayed
US : U.S.: OTC
$ 12.42
-0.28 -2.20%
Volume: 1,005
April 3, 2020 1:41p
P/E Ratio
8.68
Dividend Yield
0.75%
Market Cap
$2.85 billion
Rev. per Employee
$239,698
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/zigman2/quotes/208816122/delayed
CN : China: Shanghai
¥ 4.13
-0.04 -0.96%
Volume: 20.81M
April 3, 2020 3:00p
P/E Ratio
19.41
Dividend Yield
1.21%
Market Cap
¥67.65 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥1.48M
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/zigman2/quotes/205483076/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 16.67
-0.44 -2.57%
Volume: 31,398
April 3, 2020 6:30p
P/E Ratio
25.23
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$17.26 billion
Rev. per Employee
$226,768
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/zigman2/quotes/202687335/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 37.90
-1.00 -2.57%
Volume: 90.17M
April 3, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
16.03
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
HK$771.83 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$2.88M
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/zigman2/quotes/200868736/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 60.65
+1.55 +2.62%
Volume: 32.47M
April 3, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
10.31
Dividend Yield
5.36%
Market Cap
HK$1241.84 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$1.88M
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/zigman2/quotes/204514293/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 39.11
+1.05 +2.76%
Volume: 1.46M
April 3, 2020 6:30p
P/E Ratio
10.42
Dividend Yield
4.80%
Market Cap
$160.16 billion
Rev. per Employee
$239,645
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/zigman2/quotes/203840223/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 24.53
+0.19 +0.78%
Volume: 3.30M
April 3, 2020 4:10p
P/E Ratio
23.55
Dividend Yield
1.34%
Market Cap
$18.83 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/206026738/delayed
US : U.S.: OTC
$ 15.10
-0.14 -0.92%
Volume: 2,101
April 3, 2020 12:52p
P/E Ratio
20.80
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$11.59 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/203839937/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 2,935.50
-22.00 -0.74%
Volume: 3.85M
April 3, 2020 3:00p
P/E Ratio
14.56
Dividend Yield
3.07%
Market Cap
¥2836.39 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥30.84M
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/zigman2/quotes/203416411/delayed
US : U.S.: OTC
$ 28.65
+1.69 +6.27%
Volume: 2,610
April 1, 2020 5:20p
P/E Ratio
15.63
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$26.10 billion
Rev. per Employee
$279,568
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/zigman2/quotes/203281219/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 963.00
+23.00 +2.45%
Volume: 2.76M
April 3, 2020 3:00p
P/E Ratio
8.28
Dividend Yield
6.23%
Market Cap
¥344.45 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥34.15M
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/zigman2/quotes/203151879/delayed
US : U.S.: OTC
$ 9.10
0.00 0.00%
Volume: 2,010
April 3, 2020 9:39a
P/E Ratio
8.57
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$3.25 billion
Rev. per Employee
$309,299
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/zigman2/quotes/206869087/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 3,880.00
-35.00 -0.89%
Volume: 2.96M
April 3, 2020 3:00p
P/E Ratio
16.18
Dividend Yield
1.93%
Market Cap
¥769.68 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥64.26M
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/zigman2/quotes/202479540/delayed
US : U.S.: OTC
$ 47.47
-4.53 -8.70%
Volume: 5.00
March 30, 2020 5:20p
P/E Ratio
21.54
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$9.42 billion
Rev. per Employee
$581,734
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/zigman2/quotes/203224600/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 1,053.00
-6.00 -0.57%
Volume: 1.68M
April 3, 2020 3:00p
P/E Ratio
10.76
Dividend Yield
1.90%
Market Cap
¥643.22 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥50.23M
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/zigman2/quotes/207472799/delayed
US : U.S.: OTC
$ 9.93
+0.27 +2.80%
Volume: 105.00
April 3, 2020 11:42a
P/E Ratio
11.04
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$6.07 billion
Rev. per Employee
$454,670
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/zigman2/quotes/206679220/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 65.23
-2.79 -4.10%
Volume: 8.60M
April 3, 2020 4:00p
P/E Ratio
18.55
Dividend Yield
3.80%
Market Cap
$74.56 billion
Rev. per Employee
$607,486
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/zigman2/quotes/209800866/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
47,000.00
+200.00 +0.43%
Volume: 22.78M
April 3, 2020 3:30p
P/E Ratio
14.85
Dividend Yield
3.01%
Market Cap
₩319255.00 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/202367843/delayed
US : U.S.: OTC
$ 44.20
0.00 0.00%
Volume: 0.00
March 24, 2020 5:20p
P/E Ratio
16.29
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$300.24 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/209966407/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
49,850.00
+550.00 +1.12%
Volume: 963,015
April 3, 2020 3:30p
P/E Ratio
286.92
Dividend Yield
1.50%
Market Cap
₩8976.30 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/206354790/delayed
US : U.S.: OTC
$ 0.00
0.00 0.00%
Volume:
P/E Ratio
66.83
Dividend Yield
0.79%
Market Cap
$6.60 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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Sarah Turner is MarketWatch's bureau chief in Sydney. Follow her on Twitter @SarahTurnerMKTW. Chris Oliver is MarketWatch's Asia bureau chief, based in Hong Kong.

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