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By V. Phani Kumar, MarketWatch

HONG KONG (MarketWatch) — Stocks in Australia and Hong Kong rebounded Thursday from the previous day’s sharp losses, aided by strong monthly trade data from China and some upbeat earnings reports. Japanese shares tumbled in volatile trade amidst a strengthening yen.

Australia’s /zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed AU:XJO -2.31%  extended early gains to finish 1.1% higher and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI -0.73%  climbed 0.3% after data from China showed both its exports and imports climbed more than expected in July, recovering from the weakness seen in June.

China’s Shanghai Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed CN:SHCOMP -0.83%  slipped 0.1% after a choppy trading session.

“Together with the rebounding official Purchasing Managers’ Index ... July trade data are supportive of a better economic outlook for China and will surely help boost market confidence,” said Ting Lu, a China economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Japan’s Nikkei Stock Average /zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed JP:NIK -0.79% ended 1.6% lower, adding to its 4% plunge Wednesday.


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Stocks in Tokyo lead rebound in Asian markets after suffering big losses the previous day, as investors await the Bank of Japan meeting outcome.

The losses came as the U.S. dollar /zigman2/quotes/210561789/realtime/sampled USDJPY +0.0390%  fell further to slide toward ¥96. Earlier in the day, the Bank of Japan left its policies unchanged, as expected, while saying the domestic economy was “starting to recover moderately.”

The day’s performance in Asia followed a third straight day of losses on Wall Street, amid uncertainty over the timing of the Federal Reserve’s widely expected reduction in monthly bond purchases.

“Markets have moved into a ‘sell on the rumor, buy on the fact’ mode in the wake of the end of the U.S. [earnings reporting] season and rising concerns about U.S. Fed’s tapering,” said Perpetual head of investment research Matthew Sherwood.

U.S. equity futures edged higher during Asian stock trade, with those on the Dow Jones Industrial Average  and the Standard & Poor’s 500 adding 0.2% each.

Among stocks losing ground in Tokyo, Hino Motors Ltd. /zigman2/quotes/209422954/delayed JP:7205 -1.85%   /zigman2/quotes/207652388/delayed HINOY +0.93%  and Tokyo Electric Power Co. /zigman2/quotes/202771076/delayed JP:9501 +0.23% /zigman2/quotes/205839055/delayed TKECY +1.24%  slumped 5% each, Panasonic Corp. /zigman2/quotes/201785256/delayed JP:6752 -0.92%   /zigman2/quotes/202333059/delayed PCRFY -1.28%  lost 3.3% and Tokyu Land Corp.   shed 4.6%.

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In Sydney, meanwhile, shares of Telstra /zigman2/quotes/201936124/delayed AU:TLS -0.57% /zigman2/quotes/202275272/delayed TTRAF +0.42%  rose 2.4% after the telecommunications major posted a forecast-beating 12% increase in annual profit.

Shares of mining giant Rio Tinto Ltd. /zigman2/quotes/200083756/delayed AU:RIO -1.83% /zigman2/quotes/202627887/composite RIO -1.56% tacked on 1.5% before the release of its own financial results.

Over in Hong Kong, shares of banking heavyweight HSBC Holdings PLC /zigman2/quotes/202687335/delayed HK:5 -0.80%  rose 0.2% and China Coal Energy Co. /zigman2/quotes/201486584/delayed HK:1898 +0.77% /zigman2/quotes/205321671/delayed CCOZY -1.24%  gained 2.5%, while footwear major Belle International Holdings Ltd.   climbed 3.3%.

In Shanghai, several financial and property stocks drifted lower amid lingering economic worries.

Shares of Citic Securities Co. /zigman2/quotes/210326178/delayed CN:600030 -1.98%   /zigman2/quotes/207216844/delayed CIIHF -8.45% dropped 1% and Southwest Securities Co. /zigman2/quotes/201082446/delayed CN:600369 -4.65%  fell 1.9%, while Gemdale Corp. /zigman2/quotes/208026094/delayed CN:600383 +6.25%  lost 1.8%.

Elsewhere, South Korea’s Kospi /zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed KR:180721 -1.28%  added 0.3% after the Bank of Korea left its policy interest rate unchanged, as widely expected.

In Seoul, KB Financial Group Inc. /zigman2/quotes/208188987/delayed KR:105560 -0.51%   /zigman2/quotes/200043823/composite KB -0.06% rose 1.4%, and Shinhan Financial Group Co. /zigman2/quotes/202889287/delayed KR:055550 -0.15% /zigman2/quotes/208869909/composite SHG -0.25%  added 0.4%.

/zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed
AU : S&P ASX
6,708.10
-158.50 -2.31%
Volume: 1.01M
Feb. 26, 2020 5:38p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed
HK : Hong Kong Exchange
26,696.49
-196.74 -0.73%
Volume: 2.04M
Feb. 26, 2020 4:08p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed
CN : China: Shanghai
2,987.93
-25.12 -0.83%
Volume: 46.90B
Feb. 26, 2020 3:01p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed
JP : Nikkei
22,426.19
-179.22 -0.79%
Volume: 0.00
Feb. 26, 2020 3:15p
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/zigman2/quotes/210561789/realtime/sampled
US : Tullett Prebon
110.2480
+0.0430 +0.0390%
Volume: 0.0000
Feb. 26, 2020 4:19a
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/zigman2/quotes/209422954/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 956.00
-18.00 -1.85%
Volume: 2.31M
Feb. 26, 2020 3:00p
P/E Ratio
11.69
Dividend Yield
2.72%
Market Cap
¥559.11 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥60.20M
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/zigman2/quotes/207652388/delayed
US : U.S.: OTC
$ 105.63
+0.97 +0.93%
Volume: 2.00
Feb. 25, 2020 5:20p
P/E Ratio
14.08
Dividend Yield
1.98%
Market Cap
$5.08 billion
Rev. per Employee
$545,250
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/zigman2/quotes/202771076/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 429.00
+1.00 +0.23%
Volume: 8.46M
Feb. 26, 2020 3:00p
P/E Ratio
3.74
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
¥685.75 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥149.25M
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/zigman2/quotes/205839055/delayed
US : U.S.: OTC
$ 4.08
+0.05 +1.24%
Volume: 8.00
Feb. 25, 2020 5:20p
P/E Ratio
3.89
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$6.23 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.35M
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/zigman2/quotes/201785256/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 1,127.00
-10.50 -0.92%
Volume: 12.42M
Feb. 26, 2020 3:00p
P/E Ratio
9.12
Dividend Yield
2.66%
Market Cap
¥2653.63 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥29.74M
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/zigman2/quotes/202333059/delayed
US : U.S.: OTC
$ 10.05
-0.13 -1.28%
Volume: 282,449
Feb. 25, 2020 3:59p
P/E Ratio
8.88
Dividend Yield
2.27%
Market Cap
$24.09 billion
Rev. per Employee
$269,385
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/zigman2/quotes/201936124/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 3.50
-0.02 -0.57%
Volume: 34.97M
Feb. 26, 2020 4:10p
P/E Ratio
20.22
Dividend Yield
4.57%
Market Cap
$42.78 billion
Rev. per Employee
$774,100
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/zigman2/quotes/202275272/delayed
US : U.S.: OTC
$ 2.40
+0.01 +0.42%
Volume: 723.00
Feb. 25, 2020 9:30a
P/E Ratio
19.98
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$28.52 billion
Rev. per Employee
$579,274
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/zigman2/quotes/200083756/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 91.89
-1.71 -1.83%
Volume: 1.85M
Feb. 26, 2020 4:10p
P/E Ratio
8.37
Dividend Yield
9.76%
Market Cap
$152.04 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.14M
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/zigman2/quotes/202627887/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 50.43
-0.80 -1.56%
Volume: 2.73M
Feb. 25, 2020 6:30p
P/E Ratio
6.41
Dividend Yield
6.56%
Market Cap
$63.27 billion
Rev. per Employee
$852,406
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/zigman2/quotes/202687335/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 55.60
-0.45 -0.80%
Volume: 88.50M
Feb. 26, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
23.52
Dividend Yield
7.15%
Market Cap
HK$1138.58 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$2.88M
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/zigman2/quotes/201486584/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 2.62
+0.02 +0.77%
Volume: 6.73M
Feb. 26, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
6.00
Dividend Yield
3.39%
Market Cap
HK$34.47 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$2.78M
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/zigman2/quotes/205321671/delayed
US : U.S.: OTC
$ 7.18
-0.09 -1.24%
Volume: 0.00
Feb. 13, 2020 9:41a
P/E Ratio
8.94
Dividend Yield
2.52%
Market Cap
$13.70 billion
Rev. per Employee
$354,816
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/zigman2/quotes/210326178/delayed
CN : China: Shanghai
¥ 24.71
-0.50 -1.98%
Volume: 288.16M
Feb. 26, 2020 3:00p
P/E Ratio
23.77
Dividend Yield
1.42%
Market Cap
¥325.88 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥2.96M
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/zigman2/quotes/207216844/delayed
US : U.S.: OTC
$ 1.95
-0.18 -8.45%
Volume: 50.00
Feb. 25, 2020 5:20p
P/E Ratio
12.89
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$26.50 billion
Rev. per Employee
$448,078
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/zigman2/quotes/201082446/delayed
CN : China: Shanghai
¥ 5.33
-0.26 -4.65%
Volume: 121.98M
Feb. 26, 2020 3:00p
P/E Ratio
50.00
Dividend Yield
0.56%
Market Cap
¥31.56 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥800,277
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/zigman2/quotes/208026094/delayed
CN : China: Shanghai
¥ 14.46
+0.85 +6.25%
Volume: 80.90M
Feb. 26, 2020 3:00p
P/E Ratio
7.89
Dividend Yield
4.15%
Market Cap
¥61.44 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥7.89M
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/zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed
KR : Korea Exchange
2,076.77
-26.84 -1.28%
Volume: 797,623
Feb. 26, 2020 3:32p
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/zigman2/quotes/208188987/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
39,050.00
-200.00 -0.51%
Volume: 2.01M
Feb. 26, 2020 3:30p
P/E Ratio
5.19
Dividend Yield
5.66%
Market Cap
₩15202.70 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/200043823/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 31.78
-0.02 -0.06%
Volume: 305,828
Feb. 25, 2020 6:30p
P/E Ratio
4.90
Dividend Yield
4.33%
Market Cap
$12.31 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/202889287/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
34,150.00
-50.00 -0.15%
Volume: 2.38M
Feb. 26, 2020 3:30p
P/E Ratio
4.88
Dividend Yield
5.42%
Market Cap
₩16024.40 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/208869909/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 27.52
-0.07 -0.25%
Volume: 245,471
Feb. 25, 2020 6:30p
P/E Ratio
2.28
Dividend Yield
3.86%
Market Cap
$6.45 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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Varahabhotla Phani Kumar is a reporter in MarketWatch's Hong Kong bureau. Follow him on Twitter @MktwKumar.

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