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Sept. 18, 2019, 11:32 p.m. EDT

Asian markets mixed as Fed cuts rates, BOJ stays unchanged

Nikkei up, Hang Seng down as all eyes on central banks

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By Marketwatch and Associated Press


Reuters
Pedestrians walk on a street in front of the Bank of Japan headquarters in Tokyo.

Asian markets were mixed in early trading Thursday, as the Bank of Japan kept its ultra-easy monetary policy unchanged following the U.S. Federal Reserve’s interest-rate cut.

The BOJ’s move — or lack thereof — was expected, though the central bank hinted that could cut interest rates even deeper into negative territory at its October meeting.

On Wednesday, the Fed lowered its benchmark interest rate by a quarter-point, and suggested it was open to another cut before the year’s end.

Japan’s Nikkei /zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed JP:NIK +0.38%   rose 1% while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI -0.19%   fell 1%. The Shanghai Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed CN:SHCOMP -1.99%   inched up 0.1%, while the smaller-cap Shenzhen Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed CN:399106 -3.01%   rose 0.5%. South Korea’s Kospi /zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed KR:180721 -0.15%   advanced 0.4%. Stocks were about flat in Singapore /zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed SG:STI -0.25%  , and down in Taiwan /zigman2/quotes/210597977/delayed TW:Y9999 -0.83%  , Malaysia /zigman2/quotes/210598052/delayed MY:FBMKLCI -0.79%   and Indonesia /zigman2/quotes/210597981/delayed ID:JAKIDX +0.39%  . Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 /zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed AU:XJO -0.41%   rose 0.7%.

Among individual stocks, Sony Financial /zigman2/quotes/206361252/delayed JP:8729 +0.08%   gained in Tokyo trading, along with semiconductor-equipment maker Advantest /zigman2/quotes/206869087/delayed JP:6857 +1.50%   and Tokyo Gas /zigman2/quotes/204721803/delayed JP:9531 +3.89%  . In Hong Kong, Apple suppliers AAC /zigman2/quotes/201441510/delayed HK:2018 -4.97%   and Sunny Optical /zigman2/quotes/206687505/delayed HK:2382 -1.70%  rose while AIA /zigman2/quotes/203565558/delayed HK:1299 +0.21%   and PetroChina /zigman2/quotes/204979431/delayed HK:857 -1.48%   fell. Samsung /zigman2/quotes/209800866/delayed KR:005930 +0.17%   and SK Hynix /zigman2/quotes/206420319/delayed KR:000660 -0.98%   advanced in South Korea while Apple component maker Largan Precision /zigman2/quotes/210444196/delayed TW:3008 +0.13%   gained in Taiwan. After a big gain Wednesday, clothing retailer Kathmandu /zigman2/quotes/209380167/delayed AU:KMD -4.15%   retreated in Australia.

/zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed
JP : Nikkei
22,836.00
+85.76 +0.38%
Volume: 0.00
Aug. 12, 2020 1:08p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed
HK : Hong Kong Exchange
24,842.89
-47.79 -0.19%
Volume: 689,021
Aug. 12, 2020 12:05p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed
CN : China: Shanghai
3,273.75
-66.54 -1.99%
Volume: 24.60B
Aug. 12, 2020 12:13p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed
CN : Shenhzen Stock Exchange
2,175.85
-67.60 -3.01%
Volume: 28.89B
Aug. 12, 2020 11:30a
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/zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed
KR : Korea Exchange
2,414.99
-3.68 -0.15%
Volume: 525,495
Aug. 12, 2020 1:08p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed
SG : Singapore: SGX
2,537.71
-6.44 -0.25%
Volume: 0.00
Aug. 12, 2020 12:13p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597977/delayed
TW : Taiwan Stock Exchange
12,673.50
-106.69 -0.83%
Volume: 0.00
Aug. 12, 2020 12:08p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598052/delayed
MY : Malaysia
1,552.34
-12.40 -0.79%
Volume: 0.00
Aug. 12, 2020 12:13p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597981/delayed
ID : Indonesia Stock Exchange
5,210.17
+20.01 +0.39%
Volume: 0.00
Aug. 12, 2020 11:18a
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/zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed
AU : S&P ASX
6,113.30
-25.40 -0.41%
Volume: 435,018
Aug. 12, 2020 2:08p
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/zigman2/quotes/206361252/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 2,598.00
+2.00 +0.08%
Volume: 134,200
Aug. 12, 2020 1:07p
P/E Ratio
17.79
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
¥1129.76 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥127.97M
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/zigman2/quotes/206869087/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 5,400.00
+80.00 +1.50%
Volume: 1.58M
Aug. 12, 2020 1:08p
P/E Ratio
20.69
Dividend Yield
1.11%
Market Cap
¥1030.91 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥64.26M
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/zigman2/quotes/204721803/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 2,334.00
+87.50 +3.89%
Volume: 1.03M
Aug. 12, 2020 1:08p
P/E Ratio
41.49
Dividend Yield
2.57%
Market Cap
¥952.58 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥109.84M
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/zigman2/quotes/201441510/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 55.50
-2.90 -4.97%
Volume: 7.02M
Aug. 12, 2020 11:59a
P/E Ratio
26.78
Dividend Yield
0.72%
Market Cap
HK$69.85 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$411,637
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/zigman2/quotes/206687505/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 138.50
-2.40 -1.70%
Volume: 3.27M
Aug. 12, 2020 11:59a
P/E Ratio
33.71
Dividend Yield
0.58%
Market Cap
HK$154.33 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$1.08M
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/zigman2/quotes/203565558/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 72.80
+0.15 +0.21%
Volume: 9.47M
Aug. 12, 2020 11:59a
P/E Ratio
16.87
Dividend Yield
1.74%
Market Cap
HK$853.83 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$12.98M
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/zigman2/quotes/204979431/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 2.67
-0.04 -1.48%
Volume: 27.92M
Aug. 12, 2020 11:59a
P/E Ratio
22.19
Dividend Yield
5.94%
Market Cap
HK$861.36 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$5.32M
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/zigman2/quotes/209800866/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
58,300.00
+100.00 +0.17%
Volume: 12.27M
Aug. 12, 2020 1:08p
P/E Ratio
18.60
Dividend Yield
2.43%
Market Cap
₩386280.10 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/206420319/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
80,500.00
-800.00 -0.98%
Volume: 2.51M
Aug. 12, 2020 1:08p
P/E Ratio
24.09
Dividend Yield
1.24%
Market Cap
₩55677.75 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/210444196/delayed
TW : Taiwan
NT$ 3,890.00
+5.00 +0.13%
Volume: 243,000
Aug. 12, 2020 12:07p
P/E Ratio
18.54
Dividend Yield
2.03%
Market Cap
NT$536.56 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/209380167/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 1.04
-0.05 -4.15%
Volume: 2.70M
Aug. 12, 2020 2:03p
P/E Ratio
7.36
Dividend Yield
10.62%
Market Cap
$757.35 million
Rev. per Employee
$388,012
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