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June 12, 2019, 9:26 a.m. EDT

Asian markets retreat; Hang Seng sinks amid Hong Kong protests

Nikkei about flat as investors look for direction

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By Marketwatch and Associated Press


Associated Press
Policemen in anti-riot gear stand watch as protesters use umbrellas to shield themselves outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on Wednesday.

Hong Kong shares fell in mostly weaker Asian markets Wednesday, as protests heated up in the autonomous territory, and after the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -0.07%   snapped a six-session winning streak

The major indexes on Wall Street gave up early gains and ended the day slightly lower. On the trade front, President Donald Trump took credit for holding up U.S.-China trade talks, saying he has “no interest” in a deal unless China agrees to terms it had previously agreed upon. “We’re going to either do a great deal with China or we’re not going to do a deal,” Trump told reporters Tuesday.

Japan’s Nikkei /zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed JP:NIK +1.28%  closed down 0.4%.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI +3.05%   slid 1.7% as protesters again swarmed the streets in opposition to a possible new extradition law with mainland China. Police later fired tear gas at protesters as demonstrations erupted, as lawmakers delayed indefinitely discussions on that bill.

The Shanghai Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed CN:SHCOMP +1.41%   retreated 0.6% and the smaller-cap Shenzhen Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed CN:399106 +2.02%   fell 0.6% as May data showed China’s consumer inflation hit a 15-month high, in line with forecasts.

South Korea’s Kospi /zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed KR:180721 +1.34%   slipped 0.1%, while benchmarks in Taiwan /zigman2/quotes/210597977/delayed TW:Y9999 +1.41%   and Indonesia /zigman2/quotes/210597981/delayed ID:JAKIDX +0.79%   backtracked. Stocks were up slightly in Singapore /zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed SG:STI +1.37%  , and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 /zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed AU:XJO +0.63% finished flat.

Among individual stocks, SoftBank Group /zigman2/quotes/207303954/delayed JP:9984 +4.01%   and Yahoo Japan /zigman2/quotes/207641152/delayed JP:4689 +0.45%   fell in Tokyo trading, while Toyota /zigman2/quotes/203803129/delayed JP:7203 +0.30%   rose. In Hong Kong, Sunny Optical /zigman2/quotes/206687505/delayed HK:2382 +5.96%   slid, along with Sands China /zigman2/quotes/207609245/delayed HK:1928 +1.99%   and New World Development /zigman2/quotes/202357413/delayed HK:17 +4.35%  . LG Electronics /zigman2/quotes/209966407/delayed KR:066570 -0.17%   and SK Hynix /zigman2/quotes/206420319/delayed KR:000660 +1.96%   dropped in South Korea, while Foxconn /zigman2/quotes/204111604/delayed TW:2354 +0.74%   declined in Taiwan after the Apple /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL -0.10%  supplier said it could move production operations out of China if trade tensions heat up. BHP /zigman2/quotes/201448516/delayed AU:BHP +2.34%   and Rio Tinto /zigman2/quotes/200083756/delayed AU:RIO +2.93%   surged in Australia.

/zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime
US : Dow Jones Global
25,383.11
-17.53 -0.07%
Volume: 545.14M
May 29, 2020 5:14p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed
JP : Nikkei
22,158.79
+280.90 +1.28%
Volume: 0.00
June 1, 2020 11:03a
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/zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed
HK : Hong Kong Exchange
23,662.40
+700.93 +3.05%
Volume: 840,897
June 1, 2020 10:08a
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/zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed
CN : China: Shanghai
2,892.51
+40.16 +1.41%
Volume: 8.29B
June 1, 2020 10:08a
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/zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed
CN : Shenhzen Stock Exchange
1,822.58
+36.07 +2.02%
Volume: 12.91B
June 1, 2020 10:08a
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/zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed
KR : Korea Exchange
2,056.84
+27.24 +1.34%
Volume: 423,781
June 1, 2020 11:03a
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/zigman2/quotes/210597977/delayed
TW : Taiwan Stock Exchange
11,096.38
+154.22 +1.41%
Volume: 0.00
June 1, 2020 10:03a
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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/210597985/delayed
SG : Singapore: SGX
2,545.17
+34.42 +1.37%
Volume: 0.00
June 1, 2020 10:08a
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/zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed
AU : S&P ASX
5,791.80
+36.10 +0.63%
Volume: 304,517
June 1, 2020 12:03p
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/zigman2/quotes/207303954/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 5,026.00
+194.00 +4.01%
Volume: 14.45M
June 1, 2020 11:03a
P/E Ratio
33.72
Dividend Yield
0.88%
Market Cap
¥9992.53 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥126.96M
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/zigman2/quotes/207641152/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 442.00
+2.00 +0.45%
Volume: 5.29M
June 1, 2020 11:01a
P/E Ratio
26.22
Dividend Yield
2.00%
Market Cap
¥2095.48 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥77.26M
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/zigman2/quotes/203803129/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 6,775.00
+20.00 +0.30%
Volume: 1.96M
June 1, 2020 11:03a
P/E Ratio
7.83
Dividend Yield
3.25%
Market Cap
¥18685.40 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥81.43M
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/zigman2/quotes/206687505/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 108.50
+6.10 +5.96%
Volume: 2.43M
June 1, 2020 10:08a
P/E Ratio
26.41
Dividend Yield
0.75%
Market Cap
HK$112.32 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$1.08M
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/zigman2/quotes/207609245/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 30.75
+0.60 +1.99%
Volume: 3.94M
June 1, 2020 10:08a
P/E Ratio
15.62
Dividend Yield
3.22%
Market Cap
HK$243.88 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$1.41M
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/zigman2/quotes/202357413/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 8.15
+0.34 +4.35%
Volume: 11.25M
June 1, 2020 10:08a
P/E Ratio
10.56
Dividend Yield
6.26%
Market Cap
HK$79.56 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$1.84M
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/zigman2/quotes/209966407/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
59,200.00
-100.00 -0.17%
Volume: 238,474
June 1, 2020 11:03a
P/E Ratio
21.94
Dividend Yield
1.27%
Market Cap
₩10677.90 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/206420319/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
83,100.00
+1,600 +1.96%
Volume: 1.49M
June 1, 2020 11:03a
P/E Ratio
36.47
Dividend Yield
1.20%
Market Cap
₩55746.10 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/204111604/delayed
TW : Taiwan
NT$ 54.30
+0.40 +0.74%
Volume: 1.00M
June 1, 2020 10:03a
P/E Ratio
11.28
Dividend Yield
4.60%
Market Cap
NT$76.24 billion
Rev. per Employee
NT$888.52M
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/zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 317.94
-0.31 -0.10%
Volume: 38.40M
May 29, 2020 4:00p
P/E Ratio
24.92
Dividend Yield
1.03%
Market Cap
$1378.06 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.98M
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/zigman2/quotes/201448516/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 35.45
+0.81 +2.34%
Volume: 2.44M
June 1, 2020 12:03p
P/E Ratio
13.27
Dividend Yield
6.01%
Market Cap
$175.17 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/200083756/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 96.14
+2.74 +2.93%
Volume: 535,986
June 1, 2020 12:03p
P/E Ratio
13.71
Dividend Yield
6.84%
Market Cap
$150.95 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.14M
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