The Financial Express

Asian shares mixed after US stocks fall

Published: December 20, 2017 11:49:13 | Updated: December 20, 2017 16:10:29

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Asian shares were mixed Wednesday in listless trading after US stocks ended marginally lower on Tuesday that reversed the recent gains over the Republican-backed US tax bill.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.1 per cent to 22,849.81 in morning trading. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 was little changed at 6,074.10. South Korea’s Kospi was also unchanged at 2,478.44.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.2 per cent at 29,314.09, while the Shanghai Composite added nearly 0.1 per cent to 3,298.61, reports Reuters.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 8.69 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,681.47. The Dow Jones industrial average shed 37.45 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 24,754.75. The Nasdaq composite gave up 30.91 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 6,963.85.

Benchmark US crude rose 20 cents to $57.76 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 13 cents to $63.93 a barrel in London.

The dollar rose to 112.91 yen from 112.58 yen late Tuesday in Asia. The euro rose slightly to $1.1844 from $1.1811.

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