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Nikkei up slightly, Hang Seng trades mixed before higher finish

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By Dow Jones Newswires


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Asian stock markets were mostly calm Monday.

Asian stock markets mostly gained Monday though investors remained cautious over tensions between the U.S. and China after a pan-Pacific summit ended without consensus on trade issues.

Japan’s Nikkei /zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed JP:NIK -0.94%   rose 0.7% as the yen /zigman2/quotes/210561789/realtime/sampled USDJPY -1.1173%   bounced off some of its weakest levels of November versus the dollar. The dollar was at ¥112.80, versus a session low around ¥112.60. A report Monday found Japan posted a larger-than-expected trade deficit in October, mostly due to a surge in energy imports. Tokyo Electron /zigman2/quotes/202883609/delayed JP:8035 -0.80%   was up 3.6% while Murata Manufacturing /zigman2/quotes/204266745/delayed JP:6981 -0.95%   gained 1.2%. But life insurers were weak as some questions have emerged about whether the Fed will again hike rates next month and how many more may occur in 2019. Sony Financial   was down 3%.

Hong Kong stocks put up a strong early start, then cooled a bit with the Hang Seng Index /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI -1.75%   eventually closing up 0.7%. Internet heavyweight Tencent /zigman2/quotes/204605823/delayed HK:700 -2.54%   was up slightly while smartphone-component maker AAC /zigman2/quotes/201441510/delayed HK:2018 -3.31%   rebounded 4.7%. Utilities were a sore spot.

Chinese stocks moved in a relatively narrow band, with the Shanghai Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed CN:SHCOMP -2.41%   up 0.9% while the smaller-cap Shenzhen Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed CN:399106 -3.62%   fell slightly initially but rebounded to close up 0.5%. Large-cap financial and energy stocks were slightly higher while health care and materials were a touch lower.

South Korea’s Kospi /zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed KR:180721 -1.57%   was firmer even as Samsung /zigman2/quotes/209800866/delayed KR:005930 -2.06%   fell almost 1%, while the benchmark in Singapore /zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed SG:STI -0.58%   dipped and but Taiwan   gained.

Australia’s ASX 200 /zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed AU:XJO -0.28%   fell 0.6% as energy stocks fell, and New Zealand’s benchmark /zigman2/quotes/211587880/delayed NZ:NZ50GR -0.61%   slipped as well.

/zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed
JP : Nikkei
26,748.14
-253.38 -0.94%
Volume: 0.00
May 24, 2022 3:15p
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/zigman2/quotes/210561789/realtime/sampled
US : Tullett Prebon
126.4690
-1.4290 -1.1173%
Volume: 0.0000
May 24, 2022 10:28a
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/zigman2/quotes/202883609/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 58,230.00
-470.00 -0.80%
Volume: 967,600
May 24, 2022 3:00p
P/E Ratio
20.84
Dividend Yield
2.88%
Market Cap
¥9139.34 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥138.39M
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/zigman2/quotes/204266745/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 8,169.00
-78.00 -0.95%
Volume: 1.79M
May 24, 2022 3:00p
P/E Ratio
16.64
Dividend Yield
1.84%
Market Cap
¥5276.70 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥24.11M
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/zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed
HK : Hong Kong Exchange
20,112.10
-357.96 -1.75%
Volume: 1.83M
May 24, 2022 4:08p
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/zigman2/quotes/204605823/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
$ 338.00
-8.80 -2.54%
Volume: 19.70M
May 24, 2022 4:08p
P/E Ratio
13.49
Dividend Yield
0.47%
Market Cap
$3294.25 billion
Rev. per Employee
$6.03M
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/zigman2/quotes/201441510/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
$ 15.76
-0.54 -3.31%
Volume: 10.75M
May 24, 2022 4:08p
P/E Ratio
12.01
Dividend Yield
1.27%
Market Cap
$19.70 billion
Rev. per Employee
$566,423
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/zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed
CN : China: Shanghai
3,070.93
-75.93 -2.41%
Volume: 41.63B
May 24, 2022 3:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed
CN : Shenhzen Stock Exchange
1,922.48
-72.29 -3.62%
Volume: 48.87B
May 24, 2022 3:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed
KR : Korea Exchange
2,605.87
-41.51 -1.57%
Volume: 851,235
May 24, 2022 3:32p
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/zigman2/quotes/209800866/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
66,500.00
-1,400 -2.06%
Volume: 15.48M
May 24, 2022 3:30p
P/E Ratio
10.44
Dividend Yield
2.17%
Market Cap
₩454803.74 billion
Rev. per Employee
₩2.57B
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/zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed
SG : Singapore: SGX
3,195.04
-18.61 -0.58%
Volume: 0.00
May 24, 2022 5:20p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed
AU : S&P ASX
7,128.80
-20.10 -0.28%
Volume: 925,341
May 24, 2022 5:06p
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/zigman2/quotes/211587880/delayed
NZ : New Zealand: NZX
11,247.03
-69.43 -0.61%
Volume: 0.00
May 24, 2022 5:00p
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