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Sept. 20, 2018, 7:29 a.m. EDT

Asian markets mostly rise, as Nikkei logs 5th straight gain

Samsung leads Kospi’s gains, while stocks in China go limp

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By Dow Jones Newswire


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Visitors look on a television installation at a Samsung booth at tech trade show. Samsung stock rose 2% Thursday.

Asian stock markets mostly rose Thursday as investors set aside trade concerns, for now, to focus on tech-share and financial-stock moves.

Japanese stocks were subjected to muted trading, with the Nikkei /zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed JP:NIK -0.43%  up less than 0.1% after consecutive gains of more than 1% on Tuesday and Wednesday. Still, the index managed a fifth straight gain. The dollar /zigman2/quotes/210561789/realtime/sampled USDJPY -0.0407%   remained around ¥112.30 during Asian trading hours, little changed compared to late in U.S. trading. The banking and insurance sectors led gains, with Dai-ichi Life /zigman2/quotes/208507587/delayed JP:8750 +0.08%   up 1.7% and Mitsubishi UFJ /zigman2/quotes/207520099/delayed JP:8306 +0.27%   up 1.6%.

Hong Kong stocks started strongly, again, though pulled back by the close. The Hang Seng /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI -0.69%   finished up 0.2% as Tencent /zigman2/quotes/204605823/delayed HK:700 -0.98%   rose 0.8% and was up as much as 2% earlier, as the company continued to buy back stock. Insurer Ping An /zigman2/quotes/210315058/delayed HK:2318 -0.24%   — which has notable tech holdings — rose 0.5%. Elsewhere, smartphone-component makers AAC /zigman2/quotes/201441510/delayed HK:2018 -0.71%   and Sunny Optical /zigman2/quotes/206687505/delayed HK:2382 -1.34%   rose.

Mainland China stocks were about flat, with the Shanghai Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed CN:SHCOMP +0.26%   giving way to sellers, down less than 0.1% the smaller-cap Shenzhen Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed CN:399106 -0.62%   alternating between slight gains and losses before falling 0.2%.

Korea’s Kospi /zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed KR:180721 +1.33%   was up 0.6% after being one of the few indexes to fall Wednesday. Samsung /zigman2/quotes/209800866/delayed KR:005930 +1.93%   was up a further 2.4%.

The benchmarks in Australia /zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed AU:XJO +0.68% fell and New Zealand /zigman2/quotes/211587880/delayed NZ:NZ50GR +0.06%   fell slightly initially though finished up nearly 0.2%, while Taiwan  , Singapore /zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed SG:STI +1.04%   and Malaysia /zigman2/quotes/210598052/delayed MY:FBMKLCI +1.30%   were mixed throughout the session.

/zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed
JP : Nikkei
22,418.15
-96.70 -0.43%
Volume: 0.00
Aug. 6, 2020 3:15p
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/zigman2/quotes/210561789/realtime/sampled
US : Tullett Prebon
105.5540
-0.0430 -0.0407%
Volume: 0.0000
Aug. 6, 2020 3:54p
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/zigman2/quotes/208507587/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 1,306.50
+1.00 +0.08%
Volume: 2.16M
Aug. 6, 2020 3:00p
P/E Ratio
47.24
Dividend Yield
4.75%
Market Cap
¥1474.40 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥103.65M
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/zigman2/quotes/207520099/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 412.80
+1.10 +0.27%
Volume: 39.29M
Aug. 6, 2020 3:00p
P/E Ratio
16.67
Dividend Yield
6.06%
Market Cap
¥5286.65 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥50.52M
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/zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed
HK : Hong Kong Exchange
24,930.58
-171.96 -0.69%
Volume: 1.60M
Aug. 6, 2020 4:08p
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/zigman2/quotes/204605823/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 555.50
-5.50 -0.98%
Volume: 20.57M
Aug. 6, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
50.02
Dividend Yield
0.22%
Market Cap
HK$5329.12 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$8.27M
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/zigman2/quotes/210315058/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 82.55
-0.20 -0.24%
Volume: 21.85M
Aug. 6, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
10.27
Dividend Yield
2.74%
Market Cap
HK$1541.65 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$3.35M
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/zigman2/quotes/201441510/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 62.50
-0.45 -0.71%
Volume: 9.51M
Aug. 6, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
30.16
Dividend Yield
0.64%
Market Cap
HK$76.08 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$411,637
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/zigman2/quotes/206687505/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 147.50
-2.00 -1.34%
Volume: 7.13M
Aug. 6, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
35.90
Dividend Yield
0.55%
Market Cap
HK$163.98 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$1.08M
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/zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed
CN : China: Shanghai
3,386.46
+8.90 +0.26%
Volume: 41.53B
Aug. 6, 2020 3:01p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed
CN : Shenhzen Stock Exchange
2,304.52
-14.40 -0.62%
Volume: 53.40B
Aug. 6, 2020 3:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed
KR : Korea Exchange
2,342.61
+30.75 +1.33%
Volume: 797,147
Aug. 6, 2020 3:32p
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/zigman2/quotes/209800866/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
58,000.00
+1,100 +1.93%
Volume: 21.63M
Aug. 6, 2020 3:30p
P/E Ratio
18.51
Dividend Yield
2.44%
Market Cap
₩380783.86 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed
AU : S&P ASX
6,042.20
+40.90 +0.68%
Volume: 696,467
Aug. 6, 2020 5:11p
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/zigman2/quotes/211587880/delayed
NZ : New Zealand: NZX
11,764.59
+6.87 +0.06%
Volume: 0.00
Aug. 6, 2020 5:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed
SG : Singapore: SGX
2,559.10
+26.41 +1.04%
Volume: 0.00
Aug. 6, 2020 5:20p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598052/delayed
MY : Malaysia
1,588.57
+20.44 +1.30%
Volume: 0.00
Aug. 6, 2020 5:05p
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