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Australia caps a sunny quarter in mostly mixed Asia-Pacific stock action

Bullish milestones for Australia and New Zealand as Japan’s Nikkei pulls out June gain and China down 10% for quarter

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By Dow Jones Newswire


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People enjoy the sun at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia.

Asia-Pacific stocks were mixed on Friday, the last trading day of an up-and-down second quarter.

Australian stocks emerged as stars with June’s outperformance, allowing Australia’s key index /zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed AU:XJO +0.69%   to hit levels last seen at the start of 2008 and New Zealand’s benchmark /zigman2/quotes/211587880/delayed NZ:NZ50GR -0.28%   to log a series of record closing highs. Both gave up early Friday gains to close lower for the session, but the move did little to tarnish the quarter.

Japan’s Nikkei /zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed JP:NIK +1.81%   rose 0.2% after mixed trading Friday, as it barely gained for June but avoided logging a fourth monthly drop out of the past five. The transportation and oil sectors fared the worst, with Japan Petroleum Exploration /zigman2/quotes/201212147/delayed JP:1662 +1.64%   and Inpex /zigman2/quotes/206689846/delayed JP:1605 +0.73%   each down more than 2%. Sharp Corp. /zigman2/quotes/203224600/delayed JP:6753 +0.44%   skyrocketed after the company dropped a plan to issue as much as $2 billion in new shares.

In China, the Shanghai Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed CN:SHCOMP +0.40%   rose 2% after four days of losses, but will record a 10% loss for a quarter that landed it in correction territory. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI +1.48%   was up 1.6% for the session, though down 3.7% for the quarter.

South Korea’s Kospi /zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed KR:180721 +0.88%   flitted between gains and losses but its firmer finish snapped a three-day losing streak after notching a 13-month closing low Thursday. Samsung Electronics /zigman2/quotes/209800866/delayed KR:005930 +1.01%   fell, though other tech companies gained.

Markets in Taiwan  and Singapore /zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed SG:STI +0.29%   rose Friday as well.

/zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed
AU : S&P ASX
7,362.00
+50.30 +0.69%
Volume: 565,803
Oct. 15, 2021 5:43p
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/zigman2/quotes/211587880/delayed
NZ : New Zealand: NZX
13,012.19
-36.30 -0.28%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 15, 2021 5:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed
JP : Nikkei
29,068.63
+517.70 +1.81%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 15, 2021 3:15p
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/zigman2/quotes/201212147/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 2,235.00
+36.00 +1.64%
Volume: 205,500
Oct. 15, 2021 3:00p
P/E Ratio
9.17
Dividend Yield
2.24%
Market Cap
¥127.56 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥134.88M
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/zigman2/quotes/206689846/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 963.00
+7.00 +0.73%
Volume: 12.90M
Oct. 15, 2021 3:00p
P/E Ratio
23.02
Dividend Yield
4.15%
Market Cap
¥1406.18 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥243.77M
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/zigman2/quotes/203224600/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 1,370.00
+6.00 +0.44%
Volume: 2.20M
Oct. 15, 2021 3:00p
P/E Ratio
12.49
Dividend Yield
2.19%
Market Cap
¥836.79 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥48.06M
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/zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed
CN : China: Shanghai
3,572.37
+14.09 +0.40%
Volume: 32.03B
Oct. 15, 2021 3:01p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed
HK : Hong Kong Exchange
25,330.96
+368.37 +1.48%
Volume: 2.35M
Oct. 15, 2021 4:08p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed
KR : Korea Exchange
3,015.06
+26.42 +0.88%
Volume: 857,797
Oct. 15, 2021 3:30p
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/zigman2/quotes/209800866/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
70,100.00
+700.00 +1.01%
Volume: 18.05M
Oct. 15, 2021 3:30p
P/E Ratio
14.76
Dividend Yield
2.06%
Market Cap
₩471558.00 billion
Rev. per Employee
₩2.16B
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/zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed
SG : Singapore: SGX
3,173.91
+9.05 +0.29%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 15, 2021 5:20p
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