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July 18, 2019, 11:08 p.m. EDT

Asian markets gain on fresh hopes of rate cut by Fed

Nikkei, Hang Seng, Shanghai post solid gains after comments by Fed’s Williams

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By Marketwatch and Associated Press


Reuters
High-rise buildings are seen at the Shinjuku business district during sunset in Tokyo.

Asian markets gained in early trading Friday following dovish comments by a top Fed official that raised investors’ hopes of an interest-rate cut.

New York Fed President John Williams said in a speech Thursday that since interest rates are so close to zero, cutting them at the first sign of trouble would be the wisest move. A New York Fed spokesman later clarified that Williams was speaking theoretically, and that it was not an indication of future policy action. Still, traders in fed funds futures raised prospects of a half-point rate cut at the Fed’s upcoming meeting in late July to 50% Thursday, up from 34% the day before.

Japan’s Nikkei /zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed JP:NIK +0.18%  rose 1.7% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI -0.48%   gained 1%. The Shanghai Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed CN:SHCOMP -1.32%   advanced 1% and the smaller-cap Shenzhen Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed CN:399106 -1.17%   was up 1.2%. South Korea’s Kospi /zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed KR:180721 -0.83%   rose 1.1% while benchmark indexes in Taiwan /zigman2/quotes/210597977/delayed TW:Y9999 -0.06%  , Singapore /zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed SG:STI -0.38%   and Indonesia /zigman2/quotes/210597981/delayed ID:JAKIDX +0.18%   all gained. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 /zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed AU:XJO -0.52%   ticked up 0.7%.

Among individual stocks, semiconductor and electronics manufacturers Screen Holdings /zigman2/quotes/200599327/delayed JP:7735 +7.89%   and Tokyo Electron /zigman2/quotes/202883609/delayed JP:8035 -0.98%   surged in Tokyo trading. SoftBank /zigman2/quotes/207303954/delayed JP:9984 +0.09%   and Toyota /zigman2/quotes/203803129/delayed JP:7203 -0.20%   also gained. In Hong Kong, Sunny Optical /zigman2/quotes/206687505/delayed HK:2382 +1.28%  , AIA Group /zigman2/quotes/203565558/delayed HK:1299 -0.53%   and CNOOC /zigman2/quotes/203421416/delayed HK:883 -0.50%   advanced. Samsung /zigman2/quotes/209800866/delayed KR:005930 -1.19%   and LG Electronics /zigman2/quotes/209966407/delayed KR:066570 0.00%   rose in South Korea, and Taiwan Semiconductor /zigman2/quotes/207385621/delayed TW:2330 -0.17%   jumped in Taiwan. In Australia, Beach Energy /zigman2/quotes/200513631/delayed AU:BPT 0.00%   and mining companies Alacer Gold /zigman2/quotes/206240930/delayed AU:AQG +2.93%   and Evolution Mining /zigman2/quotes/206059650/delayed AU:EVN -0.24%   rose.

/zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed
JP : Nikkei
22,492.68
+40.82 +0.18%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 18, 2019 3:15p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed
HK : Hong Kong Exchange
26,719.58
-128.91 -0.48%
Volume: 1.54M
Oct. 18, 2019 4:08p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed
CN : China: Shanghai
2,938.14
-39.19 -1.32%
Volume: 15.00B
Oct. 18, 2019 3:01p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed
CN : Shenhzen Stock Exchange
1,616.72
-19.20 -1.17%
Volume: 23.80B
Oct. 18, 2019 3:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed
KR : Korea Exchange
2,060.69
-17.25 -0.83%
Volume: 516,687
Oct. 18, 2019 6:03p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597977/delayed
TW : Taiwan Stock Exchange
11,180.22
-6.66 -0.06%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 18, 2019 1:31p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed
SG : Singapore: SGX
3,114.16
-11.98 -0.38%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 18, 2019 5:20p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597981/delayed
ID : Indonesia Stock Exchange
6,191.95
+10.93 +0.18%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 18, 2019 4:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed
AU : S&P ASX
6,649.70
-35.00 -0.52%
Volume: 633,428
Oct. 18, 2019 4:38p
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/zigman2/quotes/200599327/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 7,660.00
+560.00 +7.89%
Volume: 2.11M
Oct. 18, 2019 3:00p
P/E Ratio
32.93
Dividend Yield
1.27%
Market Cap
¥357.42 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥63.00M
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/zigman2/quotes/202883609/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 21,750.00
-215.00 -0.98%
Volume: 1.44M
Oct. 18, 2019 3:00p
P/E Ratio
15.95
Dividend Yield
2.47%
Market Cap
¥3503.05 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥110.09M
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/zigman2/quotes/207303954/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 4,299.00
+4.00 +0.09%
Volume: 8.70M
Oct. 18, 2019 3:00p
P/E Ratio
4.21
Dividend Yield
1.02%
Market Cap
¥8901.82 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥126.96M
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/zigman2/quotes/203803129/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 7,368.00
-15.00 -0.20%
Volume: 3.42M
Oct. 18, 2019 3:00p
P/E Ratio
11.18
Dividend Yield
2.99%
Market Cap
¥20809.70 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥81.43M
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/zigman2/quotes/206687505/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 118.80
+1.50 +1.28%
Volume: 5.27M
Oct. 18, 2019 4:08p
P/E Ratio
41.32
Dividend Yield
0.56%
Market Cap
HK$130.31 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$1.08M
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/zigman2/quotes/203565558/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 75.35
-0.40 -0.53%
Volume: 30.16M
Oct. 18, 2019 4:08p
P/E Ratio
24.01
Dividend Yield
1.57%
Market Cap
HK$907.77 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$12.98M
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/zigman2/quotes/203421416/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 11.88
-0.06 -0.50%
Volume: 57.66M
Oct. 18, 2019 4:08p
P/E Ratio
8.03
Dividend Yield
6.14%
Market Cap
HK$530.41 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$13.96M
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/zigman2/quotes/209800866/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
49,900.00
-600.00 -1.19%
Volume: 8.48M
Oct. 18, 2019 3:30p
P/E Ratio
10.77
Dividend Yield
2.84%
Market Cap
₩338954.00 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/209966407/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
68,800.00
0.00 0.00%
Volume: 293,636
Oct. 18, 2019 3:30p
P/E Ratio
13.72
Dividend Yield
1.09%
Market Cap
₩12388.60 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/207385621/delayed
TW : Taiwan
NT$ 293.00
-0.50 -0.17%
Volume: 45.10M
Oct. 18, 2019 1:30p
P/E Ratio
23.95
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
NT$7597.61 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/200513631/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 2.35
0.00 0.00%
Volume: 4.98M
Oct. 18, 2019 4:10p
P/E Ratio
9.30
Dividend Yield
0.85%
Market Cap
$5.36 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/206240930/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 5.97
+0.17 +2.93%
Volume: 94,348
Oct. 18, 2019 4:10p
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/zigman2/quotes/206059650/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 4.17
-0.01 -0.24%
Volume: 9.38M
Oct. 18, 2019 4:10p
P/E Ratio
32.63
Dividend Yield
2.28%
Market Cap
$7.09 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.20M
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