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Aug. 1, 2019, 12:00 a.m. EDT

Asian markets fall after Fed rate cut, end of U.S.-China trade talks

Stocks pull back in Hong Kong, Shanghai; Nikkei unchanged

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A tropical storm looms over Hong Kong on Wednesday.

Asian markets fell in early trading Thursday, following the Fed’s first interest-rate cut in more than a decade.

Stocks slid on Wall Street after the Fed cut interest rates by 25 basis points and failed to clearly signal whether more cuts were on the horizon.

Meanwhile, trade negotiations between the U.S. and China concluded in Shanghai, with no major breakthrough. China did agree to buy more U.S. agricultural products, and the White House said talks are expected to continue in Washington in September. The ongoing trade war has hurt China economy, though a report Thursday found China’s factory activity improved slightly in June, though it was still in contraction.

Japan’s Nikkei /zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed JP:NIK +0.32%   was flat, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI -0.09%   and the Shanghai Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed CN:SHCOMP -0.59%   each fell about 0.7%. South Korea’s Kospi /zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed KR:180721 -0.29%   was flat, while benchmark indexes in Taiwan /zigman2/quotes/210597977/delayed TW:Y9999 -0.19%  , Singapore /zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed SG:STI -0.37%   and Indonesia /zigman2/quotes/210597981/delayed ID:JAKIDX +0.23%   posted modest losses. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 /zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed AU:XJO -0.61%   slipped 0.2%.

Among individual stocks, electronics manufacturer TDK /zigman2/quotes/208948266/delayed JP:6762 +0.57% surged in Tokyo trading along with Nintendo /zigman2/quotes/208063194/delayed JP:7974 -1.43%   and Mitsubishi UFJ /zigman2/quotes/207520099/delayed JP:8306 -0.16%  . In Hong Kong, casino operator Galaxy Entertainment /zigman2/quotes/202884203/delayed HK:27 -0.39%   fell, as did AIA Group /zigman2/quotes/203565558/delayed HK:1299 +0.13%  . SK Hynix /zigman2/quotes/206420319/delayed KR:000660 -3.33%   rose in South Korea while Samsung /zigman2/quotes/209800866/delayed KR:005930 -0.40%   fell slightly. BHP /zigman2/quotes/201448516/delayed AU:BHP -0.17%   and Rio Tinto /zigman2/quotes/200083756/delayed AU:RIO +0.73%   declined in Australia.

On Wall Street, the S&P 500 index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.28%   had its worst day in two months, falling 1.1% to 2,980.38. The index had hit an all-time high on Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +0.09%   lost 1.2% to 26,864.27. The Nasdaq composite /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP +0.40%   fell 1.2% to 8,175.42.

The Fed hopes the rate cut will counter threats to the U.S. economy ranging from uncertainties caused by the nation’s trade disputes to chronically low inflation and a dimming global growth outlook.

Fed officials had signaled their readiness to take action to help shore up the U.S. growth, which faces threats from a tariff war with China.

Wednesday’s cut was the first since December 2008 during the global financial crisis, when the Fed slashed its rate to a record low near zero and kept it there until 2015. After that, the Fed went on to make nine quarter-point rate increases from December 2015 to December 2018.

The 10-year Treasury yield fell to 2.01% from 2.06% late Tuesday, a big move. The two-year yield, which is more influenced by the Fed’s movements, rose sharply to 1.86% from 1.83%.

Benchmark U.S. crude   fell 68 cents to $57.90 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained 53 cents on Wednesday to close at $58.58. Brent crude  , used to price international oils, lost 70 cents to $64.53 per barrel in London. It rose 42 cents the previous session to $65.05.

The dollar /zigman2/quotes/210561789/realtime/sampled USDJPY -0.0810%   gained to 109.13 yen from Wednesday’s 108.78 yen.

/zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed
JP : Nikkei
22,523.35
+71.49 +0.32%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 18, 2019 1:14p
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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 12:02p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed
KR : Korea Exchange
2,071.84
-6.10 -0.29%
Volume: 286,995
Oct. 18, 2019 1:14p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597977/delayed
TW : Taiwan Stock Exchange
11,165.51
-21.37 -0.19%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 18, 2019 12:14p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed
SG : Singapore: SGX
3,114.68
-11.46 -0.37%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 18, 2019 12:19p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597981/delayed
ID : Indonesia Stock Exchange
6,194.96
+13.94 +0.23%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 18, 2019 11:24a
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/zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed
AU : S&P ASX
6,643.90
-40.80 -0.61%
Volume: 430,752
Oct. 18, 2019 3:14p
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/zigman2/quotes/208948266/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 10,610.00
+60.00 +0.57%
Volume: 486,600
Oct. 18, 2019 1:14p
P/E Ratio
16.46
Dividend Yield
1.70%
Market Cap
¥1327.37 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥13.41M
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/zigman2/quotes/208063194/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 38,500.00
-560.00 -1.43%
Volume: 985,700
Oct. 18, 2019 1:14p
P/E Ratio
25.67
Dividend Yield
1.97%
Market Cap
¥4784.04 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥217.41M
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/zigman2/quotes/207520099/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 546.00
-0.90 -0.16%
Volume: 17.65M
Oct. 18, 2019 1:14p
P/E Ratio
7.50
Dividend Yield
4.58%
Market Cap
¥7111.29 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥50.52M
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/zigman2/quotes/202884203/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 51.00
-0.20 -0.39%
Volume: 2.53M
Oct. 18, 2019 11:58a
P/E Ratio
17.05
Dividend Yield
1.78%
Market Cap
HK$221.82 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$1.44M
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/zigman2/quotes/203565558/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 75.85
+0.10 +0.13%
Volume: 15.24M
Oct. 18, 2019 11:59a
P/E Ratio
24.16
Dividend Yield
1.56%
Market Cap
HK$904.15 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$12.98M
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/zigman2/quotes/206420319/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
78,300.00
-2,700 -3.33%
Volume: 3.29M
Oct. 18, 2019 1:14p
P/E Ratio
5.56
Dividend Yield
1.92%
Market Cap
₩56361.70 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/209800866/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
50,300.00
-200.00 -0.40%
Volume: 4.67M
Oct. 18, 2019 1:14p
P/E Ratio
10.86
Dividend Yield
2.82%
Market Cap
₩344388.00 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/201448516/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 34.80
-0.06 -0.17%
Volume: 3.92M
Oct. 18, 2019 3:14p
P/E Ratio
14.65
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
$ 87.86
+0.64 +0.73%
Volume: 877,343
Oct. 18, 2019 3:14p
P/E Ratio
8.01
Dividend Yield
10.21%
Market Cap
$146.34 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.14M
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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/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/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/210561789/realtime/sampled
US : Tullet Prebon
108.5550
-0.0880 -0.0810%
Volume: 0.0000
Oct. 18, 2019 12:34a
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