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Asian shares mixed in lacklustre trading

Published: July 16, 2019 12:44:46 | Updated: July 18, 2019 11:14:20


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Asian shares were little changed and mixed in quiet trading Tuesday amid a lack of fresh market-moving news as investors looked ahead to earnings season.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.6 per cent in early trading to 21,549.68. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 edged 0.1 per cent higher to 6,657.20. South Korea’s Kospi added 0.3 per cent to 2,089.54.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.2 per cent to 28,600.32, while the Shanghai Composite shed 0.1 per cent to 2,939.08, reports AP.

The S&P 500 rose 0.53 points to 3,014.30 after drifting between a gain of 0.1 per cent and a loss of 0.2 per cent earlier in the day. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.1 per cent to 27,359.16.

 The Nasdaq composite added 0.2 per cent to 8,258.19.

Benchmark US crude was unchanged at $59.58 a barrel. It fell 63 cents on Monday. Brent crude, the international standard, gained 7 cents to $66.55 a barrel.

The dollar inched up to 107.98 Japanese yen from 107.92 late Monday. The euro rose to $1.1263 from $1.1258.

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