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April 30, 2020, 11:47 p.m. EDT

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The Sydney Opera House and Opera Bar sit empty Friday in Sydney, Australia, as the New South Wales government started to ease coronavirus lockdown rules.

Stocks in Japan and Australia fell in early trading Friday following losses on Wall Street, as most Asian markets were closed for holidays.

Japan’s Nikkei /zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed JP:NIK +0.25%   slid 2.3% and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 /zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed AU:XJO +0.06%   tumbled 3.6%, while New Zealand’s NSX-50 /zigman2/quotes/211587880/delayed NZ:NZ50GR -0.13%   declined 0.5%. Markets in Hong Kong, mainland China, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Indonesia were closed for Labor Day.

In Tokyo, Toyota /zigman2/quotes/203803129/delayed JP:7203 +1.67%   and Honda /zigman2/quotes/200490352/delayed JP:7267 +1.68%   fell, as did Sony /zigman2/quotes/201361720/delayed JP:6758 +0.39%   and Fast Retailing /zigman2/quotes/200663563/delayed JP:9983 -0.98%  . Commonwealth Bank /zigman2/quotes/200638713/delayed AU:CBA +0.30%   and Westpac /zigman2/quotes/203084975/delayed AU:WBC +0.32%   declined in Sydney.

South Korea reported exports fell in April at their steepest rate since the financial crisis in 2009, as coronavirus-related shutdowns continued to weigh on the global economy.

U.S stock futures fell late Thursday after Apple /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL +1.32%   and Amazon /zigman2/quotes/210331248/composite AMZN +0.31%   posted earnings but warned of uncertainty in the coming quarter amid the COVID-10 pandemic. U.S. stocks ended lower Thursday as investors weighed mixed corporate earnings. Later in the day, President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs against China as retaliation over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +0.40%   finished 288.14 points, or 1.2%, lower at 24,345.72, while the S&P 500 index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.47%   lost 27.08 points, or 0.9%, to close at 2,912.43. The Nasdaq Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP +0.33%   shed 25.16 points, off 0.3%, to end at 8,889.55.

Still, for the month, the Dow gained 11.1%, while the S&P 500 ended up 12.7%, representing their best monthly gains since 1987 and their best April performances since 1938, according to Dow Jones Market Data. The Nasdaq booked a monthly return of 15.5%, its best month since 2000 and the best April for the technology-laden index on record.

West Texas Intermediate crude for June delivery  , the U.S. benchmark, was up 84 cents, or 4.4%, at $19.68 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent crude  , the international standard, gained 52 cents to $27.00 per barrel.

In currency trading, the dollar /zigman2/quotes/210561789/realtime/sampled USDJPY -0.1308%   fetched 107.16 Japanese yen, down from 107.13 yen on Thursday.

/zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed
JP : Nikkei
23,625.53
+58.49 +0.25%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 21, 2020 10:10a
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/zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed
AU : S&P ASX
6,188.20
+3.60 +0.06%
Volume: 200,500
Oct. 21, 2020 12:10p
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/zigman2/quotes/211587880/delayed
NZ : New Zealand: NZX
12,445.71
-16.34 -0.13%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 21, 2020 2:09p
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/zigman2/quotes/203803129/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 7,012.00
+115.00 +1.67%
Volume: 2.22M
Oct. 21, 2020 10:10a
P/E Ratio
12.84
Dividend Yield
2.00%
Market Cap
¥19417.96 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥81.43M
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/zigman2/quotes/200490352/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 2,608.00
+43.00 +1.68%
Volume: 1.04M
Oct. 21, 2020 10:10a
P/E Ratio
22.83
Dividend Yield
1.69%
Market Cap
¥4463.38 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥73.06M
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/zigman2/quotes/201361720/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 7,931.00
+31.00 +0.39%
Volume: 1.66M
Oct. 21, 2020 10:10a
P/E Ratio
15.01
Dividend Yield
0.63%
Market Cap
¥9489.29 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥72.37M
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/zigman2/quotes/200663563/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 72,430.00
-720.00 -0.98%
Volume: 124,100
Oct. 21, 2020 10:10a
P/E Ratio
81.97
Dividend Yield
0.66%
Market Cap
¥7487.03 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥40.83M
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/zigman2/quotes/200638713/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 69.35
+0.21 +0.30%
Volume: 726,856
Oct. 21, 2020 12:10p
P/E Ratio
13.24
Dividend Yield
4.30%
Market Cap
$124.06 billion
Rev. per Employee
$919,022
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/zigman2/quotes/203084975/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 18.57
+0.06 +0.32%
Volume: 2.36M
Oct. 21, 2020 12:10p
P/E Ratio
13.95
Dividend Yield
4.31%
Market Cap
$67.72 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.09M
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/zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 117.51
+1.53 +1.32%
Volume: 124.42M
Oct. 20, 2020 4:00p
P/E Ratio
35.72
Dividend Yield
0.70%
Market Cap
$2010.78 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.98M
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/zigman2/quotes/210331248/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 3,217.01
+9.80 +0.31%
Volume: 4.51M
Oct. 20, 2020 4:00p
P/E Ratio
123.66
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$1606.46 billion
Rev. per Employee
$359,671
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/zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime
US : Dow Jones Global
28,308.79
+113.37 +0.40%
Volume: 351.45M
Oct. 20, 2020 5:08p
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/zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime
US : S&P US
3,443.12
+16.20 +0.47%
Volume: 2.11B
Oct. 20, 2020 5:08p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
11,516.49
+37.61 +0.33%
Volume: 3.16M
Oct. 20, 2020 5:16p
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/zigman2/quotes/210561789/realtime/sampled
US : Tullett Prebon
105.3700
-0.1380 -0.1308%
Volume: 0.0000
Oct. 20, 2020 9:30p
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