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July 24, 2019, 11:58 p.m. EDT

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Stocks in Japan, Hong Kong rise slightly

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By Marketwatch and Associated Press


Bloomberg News
The Bank of Japan is set to meet next week.

Asian markets were little changed in early trading Thursday, despite new record highs on Wall Street.

Investors were largely awaiting word from central banks. The European Central Bank will meet Thursday and is expected to lay groundwork for cutting rates in the fall. The head of the Reserve Bank of Australia will also speak Thursday and may give clues about future policy direction, and the Bank of Japan will meet next week, with experts saying its direction may depend on what the ECB does. The Fed also meets next week, when it is expected to cut interest rates.

Japan’s Nikkei /zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed JP:NIK +0.19%   rose 0.3%, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI -0.09%   edged up 0.2%. The Shanghai Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed CN:SHCOMP -0.59%   inched ahead 0.3% and the smaller-cap Shenzhen Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed CN:399106 -0.45%   advanced 0.3%. South Korea’s Kospi /zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed KR:180721 -0.44%  slipped 0.7% after North Korea launched two short range missiles into the sea., while benchmark indexes in Taiwan /zigman2/quotes/210597977/delayed TW:Y9999 -0.15%  , Singapore /zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed SG:STI -0.37%  , Malaysia /zigman2/quotes/210598052/delayed MY:FBMKLCI -0.22%   and Indonesia /zigman2/quotes/210597981/delayed ID:JAKIDX +0.13%   were a mixed bag. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 /zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed AU:XJO -0.64%   gained 0.3%.

Among individual stocks, SoftBank /zigman2/quotes/207303954/delayed JP:9984 +0.21%   gained in Tokyo trading amid a report that it is poised to invest $40 billion in a new tech fund that will be backed by Apple /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL +0.39%   and Goldman Sachs /zigman2/quotes/209237603/composite GS -0.46%  . Nintendo /zigman2/quotes/208063194/delayed JP:7974 -1.38%  also gained, while Sony /zigman2/quotes/201361720/delayed JP:6758 -0.74%   fell. In Hong Kong, Apple component-makers Sunny Optical /zigman2/quotes/206687505/delayed HK:2382 +1.36%   and AAC /zigman2/quotes/201441510/delayed HK:2018 -0.43%   rose, as did Tencent /zigman2/quotes/204605823/delayed HK:700 +0.48%  . Samsung /zigman2/quotes/209800866/delayed KR:005930 -0.79%   advanced in South Korea after announcing its much maligned Galaxy Fold smartphone had been improved and will launch in the fall, and chip maker SK Hynix /zigman2/quotes/206420319/delayed KR:000660 -3.09%  rose despite reporting that second-quarter net profit plunged nearly 90%. BHP /zigman2/quotes/201448516/delayed AU:BHP -0.23%   and Rio Tinto /zigman2/quotes/200083756/delayed AU:RIO +0.69%   sank in Australia, while Westpac /zigman2/quotes/203084975/delayed AU:WBC -1.05%   gained.

Wednesday on Wall Street, the S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.28%   and Nasdaq /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP +0.40%   stock indexes closed at record on Wednesday despite mixed earnings and economic data and antitrust probes into leading U.S. technology stocks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +0.09%   ended lower after disappointing earnings from Boeing /zigman2/quotes/208579720/composite BA -0.90%   and Caterpillar /zigman2/quotes/203434128/composite CAT +1.44%  .

Benchmark crude oil   added 18 cents to $56.06 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It fell 89 cents to settle at $55.88 a barrel on Wednesday. Brent crude oil  , the international standard, picked up 12 cents to $63.30 per barrel. Overnight, it fell 65 cents to close at $63.18 a barrel.

The dollar /zigman2/quotes/210561789/realtime/sampled USDJPY -0.0672%   was flat at 108.16 Japanese yen.

/zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed
JP : Nikkei
22,494.83
+42.97 +0.19%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 18, 2019 1:32p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed
HK : Hong Kong Exchange
26,824.37
-24.12 -0.09%
Volume: 539,182
Oct. 18, 2019 12:05p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed
CN : China: Shanghai
2,959.76
-17.58 -0.59%
Volume: 7.31B
Oct. 18, 2019 12:37p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed
CN : Shenhzen Stock Exchange
1,628.50
-7.42 -0.45%
Volume: 13.04B
Oct. 18, 2019 11:30a
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/zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed
KR : Korea Exchange
2,068.90
-9.04 -0.44%
Volume: 300,695
Oct. 18, 2019 1:32p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597977/delayed
TW : Taiwan Stock Exchange
11,170.23
-16.65 -0.15%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 18, 2019 12:32p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed
SG : Singapore: SGX
3,114.68
-11.46 -0.37%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 18, 2019 12:37p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598052/delayed
MY : Malaysia
1,570.97
-3.53 -0.22%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 18, 2019 12:37p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597981/delayed
ID : Indonesia Stock Exchange
6,188.97
+7.96 +0.13%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 18, 2019 11:30a
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/zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed
AU : S&P ASX
6,641.70
-43.00 -0.64%
Volume: 455,595
Oct. 18, 2019 3:32p
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/zigman2/quotes/207303954/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 4,304.00
+9.00 +0.21%
Volume: 6.25M
Oct. 18, 2019 1:32p
P/E Ratio
4.22
Dividend Yield
1.02%
Market Cap
¥8800.36 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥126.96M
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/zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 235.28
+0.91 +0.39%
Volume: 17.27M
Oct. 17, 2019 4:00p
P/E Ratio
20.06
Dividend Yield
1.31%
Market Cap
$1059.16 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.98M
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/zigman2/quotes/209237603/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 206.46
-0.96 -0.46%
Volume: 2.89M
Oct. 17, 2019 6:30p
P/E Ratio
9.24
Dividend Yield
2.42%
Market Cap
$74.58 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.34M
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/zigman2/quotes/208063194/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 38,520.00
-540.00 -1.38%
Volume: 1.04M
Oct. 18, 2019 1:32p
P/E Ratio
25.68
Dividend Yield
1.97%
Market Cap
¥4784.04 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥217.41M
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/zigman2/quotes/201361720/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 6,462.00
-48.00 -0.74%
Volume: 3.17M
Oct. 18, 2019 1:32p
P/E Ratio
9.92
Dividend Yield
0.62%
Market Cap
¥7949.63 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥72.37M
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/zigman2/quotes/206687505/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 118.90
+1.60 +1.36%
Volume: 2.74M
Oct. 18, 2019 11:59a
P/E Ratio
41.35
Dividend Yield
0.56%
Market Cap
HK$126.14 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$1.08M
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/zigman2/quotes/201441510/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 45.85
-0.20 -0.43%
Volume: 3.22M
Oct. 18, 2019 11:59a
P/E Ratio
17.49
Dividend Yield
3.12%
Market Cap
HK$54.50 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$411,637
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/zigman2/quotes/204605823/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 332.60
+1.60 +0.48%
Volume: 4.96M
Oct. 18, 2019 11:59a
P/E Ratio
31.09
Dividend Yield
0.30%
Market Cap
HK$3139.51 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$8.27M
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/zigman2/quotes/209800866/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
50,100.00
-400.00 -0.79%
Volume: 5.63M
Oct. 18, 2019 1:32p
P/E Ratio
10.81
Dividend Yield
2.83%
Market Cap
₩344388.00 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/206420319/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
78,500.00
-2,500 -3.09%
Volume: 3.55M
Oct. 18, 2019 1:32p
P/E Ratio
5.57
Dividend Yield
1.91%
Market Cap
₩56361.70 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/201448516/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 34.78
-0.08 -0.23%
Volume: 4.10M
Oct. 18, 2019 3:32p
P/E Ratio
14.64
Dividend Yield
5.51%
Market Cap
$182.25 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/200083756/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 87.82
+0.60 +0.69%
Volume: 911,058
Oct. 18, 2019 3:32p
P/E Ratio
8.00
Dividend Yield
10.22%
Market Cap
$146.34 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.14M
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/zigman2/quotes/203084975/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 28.78
-0.31 -1.05%
Volume: 3.38M
Oct. 18, 2019 3:32p
P/E Ratio
14.42
Dividend Yield
6.53%
Market Cap
$101.85 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.09M
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/zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime
US : S&P US
2,997.95
+8.26 +0.28%
Volume: 1.62B
Oct. 17, 2019 5:02p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
8,156.85
+32.67 +0.40%
Volume: 1.68M
Oct. 17, 2019 5:16p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime
US : Dow Jones Global
27,025.88
+23.90 +0.09%
Volume: 225.06M
Oct. 17, 2019 5:02p
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/zigman2/quotes/208579720/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 369.06
-3.37 -0.90%
Volume: 2.40M
Oct. 17, 2019 6:30p
P/E Ratio
43.22
Dividend Yield
2.23%
Market Cap
$209.57 billion
Rev. per Employee
$660,961
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/zigman2/quotes/203434128/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 132.07
+1.88 +1.44%
Volume: 3.43M
Oct. 17, 2019 6:30p
P/E Ratio
12.30
Dividend Yield
3.12%
Market Cap
$73.24 billion
Rev. per Employee
$526,173
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/zigman2/quotes/210561789/realtime/sampled
US : Tullet Prebon
108.5700
-0.0730 -0.0672%
Volume: 0.0000
Oct. 18, 2019 12:52a
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