Asia markets mixed as US-China trade tensions linger

15-Sep-2018 Intellasia | CNBC | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Asia markets were mixed on the morning of the final trading day of the week as trade tensions continued to linger.

The Nikkei 225 lost some of its earlier gains but was still up by 0.76 percent in morning trade as most major sectors rose, with shipping surging 2.12 percent.

South Korea’s Kospi also pared some of its gains but still remained higher by 1.03 percent.

Down Under, the ASX 200 was up by 0.35 percent in the morning with most of its major banks seeing gains, with AMP being among the exceptions as it slid by 0.8 percent.

In the Greater China markets, the Hang Seng index extended its gains from yesterday, trading up by 0.21 percent in the morning. Over on the mainland, however, markets bucked the overall trend to trade in negative territory. The Shanghai composite slid by 0.24 percent while the Shenzhen composite was 0.162 percent lower.

Semiconductors bounce back

Semiconductor stocks in Asia saw a strong rebound on Friday morning.

In Japan, semiconductor test equipment manufacturer Advantest saw its stock jump by 4.04 percent, as South Korea’s major chip manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix bounced back around 3 percent in the morning.

The moves among the chipmakers came on the back of Micron’s strong rebound overnight on Wall Street, with investor David Tepper’s positive comments about the company’s future.

Speaking on CNBC’s “Halftime Report” on Thursday, Tepper said he was still “very, very long” on the American chipmaker’s shares.

On Wall Street overnight, the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 147.04 points to 26,145.99 a three-day winning streak for the index. The S&P 500 ended higher by 0.5 percent to 2,904.18 while the Nasdaq Composite climbed by 0.8 percent to 8,013.71.

The gains, however, were tampered by enduring concerns around trade following a tweet from US President Donald Trump.

Trump said on Thursday that Washington was “under no pressure to make a deal with China, they are under pressure to make a deal with us.” He added that the US “will soon be taking in Billions in Tariffs & making products at home.”

Trump’s response came after reports on Wednesday said the US was seeking to restart trade negotiations with China as the two economic powerhouses remain locked in conflict with no resolution in sight.

The US dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of currencies, was at 94.545 as of 9:28 a.m. HK/SIN, off its low from the previous session.

The Japanese yen continued trading slightly weaker against the dollar at 111.99, while the Australian dollar remained at $0.7187, as of 9:30 a.m. HK/SIN.

In oil markets, prices pared some of their earlier gains but remained up after seeing their largest single day percentage decline in almost a month yesterday. During Asian morning trade, the global benchmark Brent crude futures was higher by 0.2 percent at $78.34 per barrel while US crude futures still saw gains of 0.34 percent to settle at $68.82 a barrel.

Here’s a look at the economic data ahead:

China Industrial production, fixed asset investment, retail sales at 10:00 a.m. HK/SIN


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