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Dec. 15, 2019, 11:17 p.m. EST

Asian markets little changed despite U.S.-China trade deal

Nikkei about flat, while Hang Seng edges down

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By Marketwatch and Associated Press


Bloomberg News
The Avenue of Stars is seen in Tsim Sha Tsui district of Hong Kong on Sunday.

Asian markets were muted in early trading Monday despite Friday’s news that the U.S. and China have agreed on a “phase one” trade deal.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Sunday that the deal “is totally done, absolutely,” adding that China committed to buy $40 billion of American farm products over the next two years. and promised to end its long-standing practice of pressuring companies to hand over their technology as a condition of market access. China on Sunday said it would postpone punitive tariffs against U.S.-made autos and other goods following the trade agreement.

“For now, escalation seems to be off the table. However, the path to the comprehensive agreement is still miles away,” Stephen Innes, chief Asia market strategist at AxiTrader wrote in a note Sunday. “Ultimately, [the] phase-one deal fell short of market expectations and is probably not enough to fully restore business confidence or generate a meaningful recovery in exports or investment.”

Japan’s Nikkei /zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed JP:NIK -1.97%   was about flat, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI +0.10%   slipped 0.3%. The Shanghai Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed CN:SHCOMP -0.13%   rose slightly, while the smaller-cap Shenzhen Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed CN:399106 -0.07%   gained 0.8%. South Korea’s Kospi /zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed KR:180721 +0.68%   was little changed, while benchmark indexes in Taiwan /zigman2/quotes/210597977/delayed TW:Y9999 +0.35%  , Singapore /zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed SG:STI -0.55%   and Indonesia /zigman2/quotes/210597981/delayed ID:JAKIDX -0.23%   inched up. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 /zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed AU:XJO -0.68%   jumped 1.6%.

Among individual stocks, Yahoo Japan parent Z Holdings /zigman2/quotes/207641152/delayed JP:4689 -1.02%   gained in Tokyo trading, as did convenience-store chain FamilyMart   and SoftBank /zigman2/quotes/207303954/delayed JP:9984 -1.84%  . In Hong Kong, Sunny Optical /zigman2/quotes/206687505/delayed HK:2382 +0.10%   and Galaxy Entertainment /zigman2/quotes/202884203/delayed HK:27 -0.43%   rose, while AIA Group /zigman2/quotes/203565558/delayed HK:1299 +0.05%   declined. Hyundai Motor /zigman2/quotes/206684590/delayed KR:005380 -0.43%   fell in South Korea while BHP /zigman2/quotes/201448516/delayed AU:BHP -0.23%   and Westpac /zigman2/quotes/203084975/delayed AU:WBC -0.47%   advanced in Australia.

/zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed
JP : Nikkei
29,100.38
-584.99 -1.97%
Volume: 0.00
April 20, 2021 3:15p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed
HK : Hong Kong Exchange
29,135.73
+29.58 +0.10%
Volume: 2.01M
April 20, 2021 4:08p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed
CN : China: Shanghai
3,472.94
-4.61 -0.13%
Volume: 28.53B
April 20, 2021 3:01p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed
CN : Shenhzen Stock Exchange
2,272.68
-1.68 -0.07%
Volume: 37.79B
April 20, 2021 3:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed
KR : Korea Exchange
3,220.70
+21.86 +0.68%
Volume: 1.30M
April 20, 2021 3:30p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597977/delayed
TW : Taiwan Stock Exchange
17,323.87
+60.59 +0.35%
Volume: 0.00
April 20, 2021 1:33p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed
SG : Singapore: SGX
3,192.17
-17.55 -0.55%
Volume: 0.00
April 20, 2021 5:20p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597981/delayed
ID : Indonesia Stock Exchange
6,038.32
-14.22 -0.23%
Volume: 0.00
April 20, 2021 3:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed
AU : S&P ASX
7,017.80
-47.80 -0.68%
Volume: 554,640
April 20, 2021 5:07p
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/zigman2/quotes/207641152/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 561.90
-5.80 -1.02%
Volume: 9.68M
April 20, 2021 3:00p
P/E Ratio
36.42
Dividend Yield
0.99%
Market Cap
¥4276.77 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥74.32M
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/zigman2/quotes/207303954/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 9,821.00
-184.00 -1.84%
Volume: 9.22M
April 20, 2021 3:00p
P/E Ratio
12.70
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
¥17873.21 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥76.45M
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/zigman2/quotes/206687505/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 194.80
+0.20 +0.10%
Volume: 5.72M
April 20, 2021 4:08p
P/E Ratio
38.75
Dividend Yield
0.54%
Market Cap
HK$197.26 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$1.75M
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/zigman2/quotes/202884203/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 69.55
-0.30 -0.43%
Volume: 14.47M
April 20, 2021 4:08p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
HK$297.21 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/203565558/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 98.05
+0.05 +0.05%
Volume: 13.46M
April 20, 2021 4:08p
P/E Ratio
26.43
Dividend Yield
1.38%
Market Cap
HK$1204.81 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$14.37M
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/zigman2/quotes/206684590/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
229,000
-1,000 -0.43%
Volume: 722,449
April 20, 2021 3:30p
P/E Ratio
41.87
Dividend Yield
1.31%
Market Cap
₩52713.24 billion
Rev. per Employee
₩1.45B
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/zigman2/quotes/201448516/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 47.45
-0.11 -0.23%
Volume: 3.55M
April 20, 2021 4:10p
P/E Ratio
23.89
Dividend Yield
4.35%
Market Cap
$223.62 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/203084975/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 25.24
-0.12 -0.47%
Volume: 4.34M
April 20, 2021 4:10p
P/E Ratio
40.00
Dividend Yield
1.23%
Market Cap
$93.43 billion
Rev. per Employee
$826,888
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