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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 -0.18%   rose 1% while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI -0.74%   fell 1%. The Shanghai Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed CN:SHCOMP +0.22%   inched up 0.1%, while the smaller-cap Shenzhen Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed CN:399106 +0.95%   rose 0.5%. South Korea’s Kospi /zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed KR:180721 +0.05%   advanced 0.4%. Stocks were about flat in Singapore /zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed SG:STI -0.18%  , and down in Taiwan /zigman2/quotes/210597977/delayed TW:Y9999 -0.02%  , Malaysia /zigman2/quotes/210598052/delayed MY:FBMKLCI +1.08%   and Indonesia /zigman2/quotes/210597981/delayed ID:JAKIDX +0.79%  . Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 /zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed AU:XJO -1.63%   rose 0.7%.

Among individual stocks, Sony Financial /zigman2/quotes/206361252/delayed JP:8729 +0.04%   gained in Tokyo trading, along with semiconductor-equipment maker Advantest /zigman2/quotes/206869087/delayed JP:6857 -0.56%   and Tokyo Gas /zigman2/quotes/204721803/delayed JP:9531 +0.67%  . In Hong Kong, Apple suppliers AAC /zigman2/quotes/201441510/delayed HK:2018 +0.89%   and Sunny Optical /zigman2/quotes/206687505/delayed HK:2382 -0.78%  rose while AIA /zigman2/quotes/203565558/delayed HK:1299 -2.86%   and PetroChina /zigman2/quotes/204979431/delayed HK:857 +1.14%   fell. Samsung /zigman2/quotes/209800866/delayed KR:005930 +0.60%   and SK Hynix /zigman2/quotes/206420319/delayed KR:000660 -2.86%   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 -1.02%   retreated in Australia.

/zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed
JP : Nikkei
21,877.89
-38.42 -0.18%
Volume: 0.00
May 29, 2020 3:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed
HK : Hong Kong Exchange
22,961.47
-171.29 -0.74%
Volume: 3.62M
May 29, 2020 4:08p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed
CN : China: Shanghai
2,852.35
+6.13 +0.22%
Volume: 20.68B
May 29, 2020 3:01p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed
CN : Shenhzen Stock Exchange
1,786.51
+16.81 +0.95%
Volume: 29.49B
May 29, 2020 3:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed
KR : Korea Exchange
2,029.60
+1.06 +0.05%
Volume: 1.09M
May 29, 2020 3:33p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed
SG : Singapore: SGX
2,510.75
-4.49 -0.18%
Volume: 0.00
May 29, 2020 5:20p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597977/delayed
TW : Taiwan Stock Exchange
10,942.16
-2.03 -0.02%
Volume: 0.00
May 29, 2020 1:33p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598052/delayed
MY : Malaysia
1,473.25
+15.75 +1.08%
Volume: 0.00
May 29, 2020 5:05p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597981/delayed
ID : Indonesia Stock Exchange
4,753.61
+37.43 +0.79%
Volume: 0.00
May 29, 2020 3:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed
AU : S&P ASX
5,755.70
-95.40 -1.63%
Volume: 2.45M
May 29, 2020 5:16p
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/zigman2/quotes/206361252/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 2,596.00
+1.00 +0.04%
Volume: 2.19M
May 29, 2020 3:00p
P/E Ratio
15.18
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
¥1129.33 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥127.97M
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/zigman2/quotes/206869087/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 5,320.00
-30.00 -0.56%
Volume: 4.48M
May 29, 2020 3:00p
P/E Ratio
22.18
Dividend Yield
1.54%
Market Cap
¥1055.57 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥64.26M
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/zigman2/quotes/204721803/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 2,570.50
+17.00 +0.67%
Volume: 2.07M
May 29, 2020 3:00p
P/E Ratio
26.39
Dividend Yield
2.33%
Market Cap
¥1133.62 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥109.84M
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/zigman2/quotes/201441510/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 39.80
+0.35 +0.89%
Volume: 11.73M
May 29, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
19.20
Dividend Yield
1.01%
Market Cap
HK$48.10 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$411,637
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/zigman2/quotes/206687505/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 102.40
-0.80 -0.78%
Volume: 8.93M
May 29, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
24.92
Dividend Yield
0.79%
Market Cap
HK$112.32 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$1.08M
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/zigman2/quotes/203565558/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 62.85
-1.85 -2.86%
Volume: 53.66M
May 29, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
14.56
Dividend Yield
2.01%
Market Cap
HK$757.36 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$12.98M
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/zigman2/quotes/204979431/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 2.66
+0.03 +1.14%
Volume: 143.36M
May 29, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
22.11
Dividend Yield
5.86%
Market Cap
HK$486.84 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$5.32M
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/zigman2/quotes/209800866/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
50,700.00
+300.00 +0.60%
Volume: 27.60M
May 29, 2020 3:30p
P/E Ratio
16.18
Dividend Yield
2.79%
Market Cap
₩344388.00 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/206420319/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
81,500.00
-2,400 -2.86%
Volume: 6.82M
May 29, 2020 3:30p
P/E Ratio
35.77
Dividend Yield
1.23%
Market Cap
₩55746.10 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/210444196/delayed
TW : Taiwan
NT$ 3,835.00
+5.00 +0.13%
Volume: 669,334
May 29, 2020 1:30p
P/E Ratio
17.32
Dividend Yield
2.06%
Market Cap
NT$514.43 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/209380167/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 0.98
-0.01 -1.02%
Volume: 5.49M
May 29, 2020 4:10p
P/E Ratio
6.90
Dividend Yield
11.48%
Market Cap
$691.28 million
Rev. per Employee
$388,012
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