Most Asian indexes extended losses Friday, with real-estate stocks leading decliners in Japan, while banking shares lifted Hong Kong and Australia.
The Nikkei 225 Average finished the day 0.2% lower at 13237.89, South Korea's Kospi Index lost 1.8% to 1577.94, the Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.2% to finish at 2669.89 and Taipei ended 2.2% lower at 7228.41. On the other hand, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 0.9% to close at 21423.82 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 increased 1.7% to 5082.10.
In Japan, stocks marked a 12th consecutive day of losses. Trading was directionless, with many participants away from the market ahead of Independence Day in the U.S. However, shares in the real-estate sector were battered, led by a 28% drop in Urban Corp. as credit worries continued to roil the sector after the collapse of Suruga last month. Among the real-estate companies following Urban Corp. lower were Sumitomo Realty & Development /zigman2/quotes/206628792/delayed JP:8830 -3.35% , which fell 3.3%, and Tokyo Tatemono /zigman2/quotes/204445510/delayed JP:8804 -4.11% , which dropped 6.1%.
In South Korea, shares extended losses for the seventh consecutive day, led by bank stocks, which fell sharply after the government's recent warning of excessive liquidity. Kookmin Bank fell 3.7%, while its rival Shinhan Financial Group declined 3.5%.
In China, refiners extended losses as rising crude-oil prices will likely erode their earnings since oil product prices are regulated by the government. PetroChina ended 2.2% lower, while China Petroleum & Chemical shed 3.2%.
In the banking sector, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank rose 2.6% after it estimated its first-half net profit will rise by more than 140% from a year earlier. Industrial & Commercial Bank of China increased 1.1% to as it said it expects a significant rise in its first-half earnings.
In Hong Kong, Industrial & Commercial Bank of China /zigman2/quotes/201401473/delayed HK:1398 +2.25% 's outlook and a rebound in major blue chips helped the benchmark index close higher. ICBC rose 2%, while China Construction Bank /zigman2/quotes/208974133/delayed HK:939 +1.90% rose 1.4% and Bank of Communications /zigman2/quotes/203442771/delayed HK:3328 +1.18% gained 1.1%. China Mobile /zigman2/quotes/200868736/delayed HK:941 +0.48% rose 2% after falling 2.9% in the previous two days.
In Australia, financials and resources accounted for the vast majority of the stock market's strong recovery, but it was financials that stood out, with gains of 3%-4% in some of the major banks, insurers and property trusts. ANZ /zigman2/quotes/205482049/delayed AU:ANZ -3.41% rose 4.3%, National Australia Bank /zigman2/quotes/210431826/delayed AU:NAB -3.75% advanced 4%, Westpac /zigman2/quotes/203084975/delayed AU:WBC -2.88% gained 3.1% and Commonwealth Bank of Australia /zigman2/quotes/200638713/delayed AU:CBA -3.27% increased 2.4%.
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