Asian markets were mixed in early trading Tuesday, following gains on Wall Street.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 /zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed JP:NIK -0.29% fell 0.3% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI -0.32% slipped 0.4%. The Shanghai Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed CN:SHCOMP +0.46% gained 0.5% as the smaller-cap Shenzhen Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed CN:399106 +0.68% rose 1.2%. South Korea’s Kospi /zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed KR:180721 +0.62% advanced 0.9%. Stocks fell in Taiwan /zigman2/quotes/210597977/delayed TW:Y9999 -0.63% but rose in Singapore /zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed SG:STI -1.17% and Indonesia /zigman2/quotes/210597981/delayed ID:JAKIDX -0.31% . Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 /zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed AU:XJO +0.11% inched up 0.1%.
Shares of Japanese telecom giant Nippon Telegraph & Telephone /zigman2/quotes/200718273/delayed JP:9432 -1.84% fell in Tokyo trading after announcing it intends to acquire full control over mobile phone carrier NTT Docomo , whose shares were suspended from trading after the announcement.
Stocks gained in mainland China after reports that Chinese leaders will support a lowered economic-growth forecast for the next five years due to the global pandemic and trade tensions with the U.S. China’s central bank also reportedly vowed to step up fiscal support for the economy by lowering lending rates and financing costs.
U.S. stocks booked solid gains Monday . The S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -3.21% rose 53.14 points, or 1.6%, to end at 3,351.60. The Nasdaq Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP -3.44% climbed 203.96 points, or 1.9%, to close at 11,117.53. The Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -3.22% advanced 410.10 points, or 1.5%, finishing at 27,584.06, while booking its third session of gains in a row.
“With the end of the month and the quarter upon markets, a lot of portfolio rebalancing is occurring in the institutional investor space. I would suggest that those flows, rather than a sudden ‘the world is saved’ epiphany are the genesis of the overnight equity rally,” wrote Jeffrey Halley, senior Asia-Pacific market analyst at Oanda, in a note.