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By Associated Press and Marketwatch


Bloomberg News
Commercial buildings stand illuminated at dusk in Hong Kong.

Asian shares were mixed Monday in a cautious mode after Wall Street closed out the week with milestones as the Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed 28,000 for the first time and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit record highs.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 /zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed JP:NIK +2.13%   inched up nearly 0.4% in morning trading. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 /zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed AU:XJO -0.86%   fell 0.6% while South Korea’s Kospi /zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed KR:180721 -0.90%   lost 0.3%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI -1.17%   added 1.1% while the Shanghai Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed CN:SHCOMP -0.19%   was up nearly 0.6%.

Among individual stocks, shares of Yahoo Japan parent Z Holdings /zigman2/quotes/207641152/delayed JP:4689 +2.54%  , majority stakeholder SoftBank /zigman2/quotes/207303954/delayed JP:9984 +0.24%   and Line /zigman2/quotes/205382025/delayed JP:3938 +0.38%   rose in Tokyo trading after a merger deal was announced between the internet portal and the country’s leading chat app. In Hong Kong, Geely Automobile /zigman2/quotes/200716015/delayed HK:175 -2.97%  , Wharf Real Estate /zigman2/quotes/205885756/delayed HK:1997 -0.34%   and AIA Group /zigman2/quotes/203565558/delayed HK:1299 -0.69%   surged. LG Electronics /zigman2/quotes/209966407/delayed KR:066570 -2.20%   gained in South Korea, while Westpac /zigman2/quotes/203084975/delayed AU:WBC -5.28%   slipped in Australia.

“Market focus this week will still lies on the U.S.-China trade talk, and updates in Hong Kong. Hong Kong domestic economy is on the verge of a recession as recent riot has adversely hurt its retail, service, tourism, aviation, education sectors and has caused severe reputational damage to the city as one of Asia’s most important financial hub,” said Margaret Yang Yan, analyst at CMC Markets in Singapore.

On Wall Street, health care and technology stocks powered most of the broad rally, which helped drive the S&P 500 to its sixth straight weekly gain. The Dow extended its streak of weekly gains to four.

Investors have been encouraged by surprisingly good corporate earnings, three interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve and data showing the economy is still growing solidly.

Hopes that the U.S. and China can make progress in their latest push for a trade deal have also helped keep investors in a buying mood.

The S&P 500 index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +1.06%   rose 23.83 points, or 0.8%, to 3,120.46. The Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +1.23%   gained 222.93 points, or 0.8%, to 28,004.89. The Nasdaq composite /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP +1.10%   climbed 61.81, or 0.7%, to 8,540.83.

The S&P, Dow and Nasdaq are now all up by more than 20% for the year.

Traders hope the world’s two biggest economies can make a deal before new and more damaging tariffs take effect next month. Beijing is pressing Washington to roll back tariffs as part of a potential deal that the nations are trying to hammer out.

Benchmark crude oil   added 8 cents to $57.80 a barrel. It rose 95 cents to $57.72 a barrel on Friday. Brent crude  , the international standard, inched up 2 cents to $63.32 a barrel.

The dollar /zigman2/quotes/210561789/realtime/sampled USDJPY +0.0037%   rose to 108.84 Japanese yen from 108.70 yen Friday.

/zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed
JP : Nikkei
19,353.24
+403.06 +2.13%
Volume: 0.00
April 8, 2020 3:15p
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AU : S&P ASX
5,206.90
-45.40 -0.86%
Volume: 1.16M
April 8, 2020 5:11p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed
KR : Korea Exchange
1,807.14
-16.46 -0.90%
Volume: 907,493
April 8, 2020 3:32p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed
HK : Hong Kong Exchange
23,970.37
-282.92 -1.17%
Volume: 1.84M
April 8, 2020 4:08p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed
CN : China: Shanghai
2,815.37
-5.39 -0.19%
Volume: 24.35B
April 8, 2020 3:01p
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/zigman2/quotes/207641152/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 364.00
+9.00 +2.54%
Volume: 27.04M
April 8, 2020 3:00p
P/E Ratio
21.31
Dividend Yield
2.43%
Market Cap
¥1690.67 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥77.26M
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/zigman2/quotes/207303954/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 4,139.00
+10.00 +0.24%
Volume: 31.83M
April 8, 2020 3:00p
P/E Ratio
27.77
Dividend Yield
1.06%
Market Cap
¥8552.63 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥126.96M
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/zigman2/quotes/205382025/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 5,270.00
+20.00 +0.38%
Volume: 411,100
April 8, 2020 3:00p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
¥1259.00 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥40.62M
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HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 11.12
-0.34 -2.97%
Volume: 50.48M
April 8, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
10.99
Dividend Yield
2.25%
Market Cap
HK$105.48 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$3.04M
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/zigman2/quotes/205885756/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 29.55
-0.10 -0.34%
Volume: 5.38M
April 8, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
22.84
Dividend Yield
6.87%
Market Cap
HK$90.02 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$5.68M
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/zigman2/quotes/203565558/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 72.15
-0.50 -0.69%
Volume: 20.07M
April 8, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
16.72
Dividend Yield
1.75%
Market Cap
HK$875.37 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$12.98M
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/zigman2/quotes/209966407/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
53,300.00
-1,200 -2.20%
Volume: 1.59M
April 8, 2020 3:30p
P/E Ratio
306.78
Dividend Yield
1.41%
Market Cap
₩9813.60 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/203084975/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 15.25
-0.85 -5.28%
Volume: 17.90M
April 8, 2020 4:10p
P/E Ratio
8.05
Dividend Yield
11.41%
Market Cap
$58.04 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.09M
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/zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime
US : S&P US
2,687.55
+28.14 +1.06%
Volume: 204.69M
April 8, 2020 9:44a
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/zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime
US : Dow Jones Global
22,932.76
+278.90 +1.23%
Volume: 33.00M
April 8, 2020 9:44a
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/zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
7,974.00
+86.74 +1.10%
Volume: 251,583
April 8, 2020 9:44a
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US : Tullett Prebon
108.7540
+0.0040 +0.0037%
Volume: 0.0000
April 8, 2020 9:44a
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