By Dow Jones Newswire
Asian stock markets started September lower on Monday, as trade-war fears increased after the U.S. and Canada missed a deal deadline set for Friday and uncertainty rose about escalating tariffs between the U.S. and China.
U.S. markets will be closed for the Labor Day holiday, but S&P 500 futures were up about 0.3%.
Japan’s Nikkei /zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed JP:NIK +1.04% closed down 0.7% even with the yen /zigman2/quotes/210561789/realtime/sampled USDJPY -0.1972% little changed from Friday’s end-of-day levels in Tokyo. Steel and energy names were among the biggest laggards, with crude explorer Inpex /zigman2/quotes/206689846/delayed JP:1605 +2.13% and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal /zigman2/quotes/209782682/delayed JP:5401 +3.69% both down more than 1%. Meanwhile, Renesas Electronics /zigman2/quotes/203872935/delayed JP:6723 -0.78% tumbled 6.4% following news it is in the late stages of talks to possibly buy California-based Integrated Device Technology Inc. for about $6 billion. Sony Corp. /zigman2/quotes/201361720/delayed JP:6758 +0.64% and Toyota Motor Corp. /zigman2/quotes/203803129/delayed JP:7203 +1.07% also logged declines of more than 1%.
Chinese stocks, already hit last week, continued to slump. The Shanghai Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed CN:SHCOMP -2.34% finished down 0.2%, and the Shenzhen Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed CN:399106 -2.28% was also off 0.2%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI -4.13% shed 0.6%, as Tencent Holdings Ltd. /zigman2/quotes/204605823/delayed HK:700 -7.72% dropped an additional 2.1% following the Chinese government’s crackdown last week on online games.
South Korea’s Kospi /zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed KR:180721 -0.91% slipped 0.7% as index heavyweights Samsung Electronics Co. /zigman2/quotes/209800866/delayed KR:005930 -0.63% and Posco /zigman2/quotes/201759282/delayed KR:005490 +0.14% fell more than 2% each.
New Zealand’s NZX 50 /zigman2/quotes/211587880/delayed NZ:NZ50GR -0.50% ended off 0.6%, with Fisher & Paykel /zigman2/quotes/205747631/delayed NZ:FPH -0.61% sliding 3.9% after the medical-device firm was slapped with a patent-infringement lawsuit. Australia’s ASX 200 /zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed AU:XJO -0.0014% finished lower by 0.1%.