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Dec. 26, 2019, 10:44 p.m. EST

Asian markets advance as more records fall on Wall Street

Nikkei flat, while Hang Seng surges higher

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By Marketwatch and Associated Press


Reuters
The Hong Kong skyline is lit up.

Asian markets mostly gained in early trading Friday, after yet more record highs on Wall Street.

Japan’s Nikkei /zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed JP:NIK -0.10%   was about flat, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI +2.11%   gained 1.2%. The Shanghai Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed CN:SHCOMP -1.15%   advanced 0.7% while the Shenzhen Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed CN:399106 -1.49%   edged up 0.5%. South Korea’s Kospi /zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed KR:180721 -0.66%   inched up 0.5%. Benchmark indexes in Taiwan /zigman2/quotes/210597977/delayed TW:Y9999 -0.50%  , Singapore /zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed SG:STI -0.76%   and Indonesia /zigman2/quotes/210597981/delayed ID:JAKIDX +0.63%   rose, while stocks were little changed in Malaysia /zigman2/quotes/210598052/delayed MY:FBMKLCI -0.44%  . Australia’s S&P ASX 200 /zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed AU:XJO -0.57%   rose 0.3%.

Among individual stocks, SoftBank /zigman2/quotes/207303954/delayed JP:9984 -3.03%   and Yahoo Japan parent Z Holdings /zigman2/quotes/207641152/delayed JP:4689 +0.80%  advanced in Tokyo trading, while Fast Retailing /zigman2/quotes/200663563/delayed JP:9983 +0.44%   and pharmaceutical company Otsuka Holdings /zigman2/quotes/201681622/delayed JP:4578 -1.42%   declined. In Hong Kong, property developer Country Garden /zigman2/quotes/201681083/delayed HK:2007 +1.81%   and casino operators Galaxy Entertainment /zigman2/quotes/202884203/delayed HK:27 +5.47%   and Sands China /zigman2/quotes/207609245/delayed HK:1928 +9.83%   gained. Samsung /zigman2/quotes/209800866/delayed KR:005930 -0.34%   surged in South Korea, and Taiwan Semiconductor /zigman2/quotes/207385621/delayed TW:2330 -1.40%   rose in Taiwan. Beach Energy /zigman2/quotes/200513631/delayed AU:BPT -1.22%   fell while BHP /zigman2/quotes/201448516/delayed AU:BHP -1.00%   gained in Australia.

U.S. stocks returned from the Christmas holiday and powered higher again Thursday, helped by reports of record year-end retail sales. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP -1.69%  closed at 9,000 for the first time ever, closing above 9,022. The Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -0.38%   and the S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -0.80%   closed at record highs as well.

European markets will reopen Friday after a two-day Christmas holiday.

Investors welcomed President Donald Trump’s comment that an interim “Phase 1” trade deal was “getting done.” Trump said he and Chinese President Xi Jinping would hold a signing ceremony.

Markets have been encouraged by positive comments about the agreement, though details have yet to be released.

Chinese customs data this week showed soybean imports rose in November in a possible boost to American farmers. Midwestern farm states were battered by Beijing’s suspension of purchases of U.S. soybeans, the biggest Chinese import from the United States, in response to Trump’s tariff hikes in a fight over China’s technology ambitions and trade surplus.

“Broadly risk sentiment is positive,” Mizuho Bank said in a report.

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Benchmark U.S. crude /zigman2/quotes/209723049/delayed CL00 +0.29%   gained 13 cents to $61.81 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract added 57 cents on Thursday to close at $61.88. Brent crude  , used to price international oils, advanced 6 cents to $66.82 per barrel in London. It rose 60 cents the previous session to $66.76.

The dollar /zigman2/quotes/210561789/realtime/sampled USDJPY +0.0460%   weakened to 109.47 yen from Thursday’s 109.57 yen.

/zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed
JP : Nikkei
22,728.59
-21.65 -0.10%
Volume: 0.00
Aug. 12, 2020 10:05a
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/zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed
HK : Hong Kong Exchange
24,890.68
+513.25 +2.11%
Volume: 7,150
Aug. 12, 2020 9:10a
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/zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed
CN : China: Shanghai
3,340.29
-38.96 -1.15%
Volume: 40.05B
Aug. 11, 2020 3:01p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed
CN : Shenhzen Stock Exchange
2,243.45
-33.97 -1.49%
Volume: 46.72B
Aug. 11, 2020 3:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed
KR : Korea Exchange
2,402.79
-15.88 -0.66%
Volume: 297,205
Aug. 12, 2020 10:05a
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/zigman2/quotes/210597977/delayed
TW : Taiwan Stock Exchange
12,716.81
-63.38 -0.50%
Volume: 0.00
Aug. 12, 2020 9:05a
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/zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed
SG : Singapore: SGX
2,524.94
-19.21 -0.76%
Volume: 0.00
Aug. 12, 2020 9:10a
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/zigman2/quotes/210597981/delayed
ID : Indonesia Stock Exchange
5,190.17
+32.33 +0.63%
Volume: 0.00
Aug. 11, 2020 3:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598052/delayed
MY : Malaysia
1,557.84
-6.90 -0.44%
Volume: 0.00
Aug. 12, 2020 9:10a
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/zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed
AU : S&P ASX
6,103.60
-35.10 -0.57%
Volume: 202,934
Aug. 12, 2020 11:05a
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/zigman2/quotes/207303954/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 6,168.00
-193.00 -3.03%
Volume: 11.61M
Aug. 12, 2020 10:05a
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
¥13485.40 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥126.96M
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/zigman2/quotes/207641152/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 631.00
+5.00 +0.80%
Volume: 9.29M
Aug. 12, 2020 10:05a
P/E Ratio
39.00
Dividend Yield
1.40%
Market Cap
¥3096.35 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥77.26M
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/zigman2/quotes/200663563/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 59,890.00
+260.00 +0.44%
Volume: 138,000
Aug. 12, 2020 10:05a
P/E Ratio
64.77
Dividend Yield
0.80%
Market Cap
¥6026.58 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥40.83M
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/zigman2/quotes/201681622/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 4,704.00
-68.00 -1.42%
Volume: 210,600
Aug. 12, 2020 10:05a
P/E Ratio
17.88
Dividend Yield
2.13%
Market Cap
¥2494.21 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥39.37M
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/zigman2/quotes/201681083/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 10.14
+0.18 +1.81%
Volume: 16.50M
Aug. 11, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
5.01
Dividend Yield
6.17%
Market Cap
HK$214.94 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$3.60M
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/zigman2/quotes/202884203/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 59.80
+3.10 +5.47%
Volume: 510,000
Aug. 11, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
19.93
Dividend Yield
1.52%
Market Cap
HK$245.82 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$1.44M
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/zigman2/quotes/207609245/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 32.95
+2.95 +9.83%
Volume: 50,800
Aug. 11, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
16.73
Dividend Yield
3.00%
Market Cap
HK$242.68 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$1.41M
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/zigman2/quotes/209800866/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
58,000.00
-200.00 -0.34%
Volume: 6.14M
Aug. 12, 2020 10:05a
P/E Ratio
18.51
Dividend Yield
2.44%
Market Cap
₩386280.10 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/207385621/delayed
TW : Taiwan
NT$ 423.00
-6.00 -1.40%
Volume: 9.04M
Aug. 12, 2020 9:05a
P/E Ratio
24.11
Dividend Yield
2.36%
Market Cap
NT$11292.68 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/200513631/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 1.42
-0.02 -1.22%
Volume: 3.07M
Aug. 12, 2020 11:04a
P/E Ratio
5.65
Dividend Yield
1.41%
Market Cap
$3.30 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/201448516/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 39.80
-0.40 -1.00%
Volume: 1.25M
Aug. 12, 2020 11:05a
P/E Ratio
14.89
Dividend Yield
5.35%
Market Cap
$186.22 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
10,782.82
-185.53 -1.69%
Volume: 3.90M
Aug. 11, 2020 5:16p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime
US : Dow Jones Global
27,686.91
-104.53 -0.38%
Volume: 430.09M
Aug. 11, 2020 5:08p
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/zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime
US : S&P US
3,333.69
-26.78 -0.80%
Volume: 2.90B
Aug. 11, 2020 5:08p
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/zigman2/quotes/209723049/delayed
US : U.S.: Nymex
$ 41.73
+0.12 +0.29%
Volume: 7,928
Aug. 11, 2020 9:15p
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/zigman2/quotes/210561789/realtime/sampled
US : Tullett Prebon
106.5420
+0.0490 +0.0460%
Volume: 0.0000
Aug. 11, 2020 9:25p
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