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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 -0.39%  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 +0.0197%   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 +0.89%   up 1.7% and Mitsubishi UFJ /zigman2/quotes/207520099/delayed JP:8306 +0.62%   up 1.6%.

Hong Kong stocks started strongly, again, though pulled back by the close. The Hang Seng /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI -1.09%   finished up 0.2% as Tencent /zigman2/quotes/204605823/delayed HK:700 -2.20%   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 -0.66%   — which has notable tech holdings — rose 0.5%. Elsewhere, smartphone-component makers AAC /zigman2/quotes/201441510/delayed HK:2018 -1.22%   and Sunny Optical /zigman2/quotes/206687505/delayed HK:2382 -1.60%   rose.

Mainland China stocks were about flat, with the Shanghai Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed CN:SHCOMP +0.31%   giving way to sellers, down less than 0.1% the smaller-cap Shenzhen Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed CN:399106 +1.12%   alternating between slight gains and losses before falling 0.2%.

Korea’s Kospi /zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed KR:180721 -1.49%   was up 0.6% after being one of the few indexes to fall Wednesday. Samsung /zigman2/quotes/209800866/delayed KR:005930 -1.33%   was up a further 2.4%.

The benchmarks in Australia /zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed AU:XJO -0.33% fell and New Zealand /zigman2/quotes/211587880/delayed NZ:NZ50GR +0.07%   fell slightly initially though finished up nearly 0.2%, while Taiwan  , Singapore /zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed SG:STI -0.55%   and Malaysia /zigman2/quotes/210598052/delayed MY:FBMKLCI -0.25%   were mixed throughout the session.

/zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed
JP : Nikkei
23,386.74
-92.41 -0.39%
Volume: 0.00
Feb. 21, 2020 3:15p
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/zigman2/quotes/210561789/realtime/sampled
US : Tullett Prebon
111.5800
+0.0220 +0.0197%
Volume: 0.0000
Feb. 21, 2020 4:59p
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/zigman2/quotes/208507587/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 1,644.00
+14.50 +0.89%
Volume: 3.68M
Feb. 21, 2020 3:00p
P/E Ratio
9.33
Dividend Yield
3.77%
Market Cap
¥1844.94 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥103.65M
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/zigman2/quotes/207520099/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 566.30
+3.50 +0.62%
Volume: 39.99M
Feb. 21, 2020 3:00p
P/E Ratio
12.55
Dividend Yield
4.41%
Market Cap
¥7178.43 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥50.52M
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/zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed
HK : Hong Kong Exchange
27,308.81
-300.35 -1.09%
Volume: 1.77M
Feb. 21, 2020 4:08p
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/zigman2/quotes/204605823/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 401.00
-9.00 -2.20%
Volume: 17.45M
Feb. 21, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
39.09
Dividend Yield
0.25%
Market Cap
HK$3885.42 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$8.27M
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/zigman2/quotes/210315058/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 91.00
-0.60 -0.66%
Volume: 28.36M
Feb. 21, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
9.64
Dividend Yield
2.49%
Market Cap
HK$1669.20 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$3.35M
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/zigman2/quotes/201441510/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 56.45
-0.70 -1.22%
Volume: 5.02M
Feb. 21, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
21.53
Dividend Yield
2.53%
Market Cap
HK$69.07 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$411,637
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/zigman2/quotes/206687505/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 128.90
-2.10 -1.60%
Volume: 6.38M
Feb. 21, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
44.83
Dividend Yield
0.51%
Market Cap
HK$143.69 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$1.08M
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/zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed
CN : China: Shanghai
3,039.67
+9.52 +0.31%
Volume: 36.46B
Feb. 21, 2020 3:01p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed
CN : Shenhzen Stock Exchange
1,907.35
+21.21 +1.12%
Volume: 60.04B
Feb. 21, 2020 3:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed
KR : Korea Exchange
2,162.84
-32.66 -1.49%
Volume: 635,474
Feb. 21, 2020 3:33p
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/zigman2/quotes/209800866/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
59,200.00
-800.00 -1.33%
Volume: 13.78M
Feb. 21, 2020 3:30p
P/E Ratio
16.34
Dividend Yield
2.39%
Market Cap
₩407560.00 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed
AU : S&P ASX
7,139.00
-23.50 -0.33%
Volume: 1.07M
Feb. 21, 2020 5:17p
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/zigman2/quotes/211587880/delayed
NZ : New Zealand: NZX
12,073.34
+8.48 +0.07%
Volume: 0.00
Feb. 21, 2020 5:01p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed
SG : Singapore: SGX
3,181.03
-17.65 -0.55%
Volume: 0.00
Feb. 21, 2020 5:20p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598052/delayed
MY : Malaysia
1,531.20
-3.78 -0.25%
Volume: 0.00
Feb. 21, 2020 5:05p
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