Asian stock markets were cautious but mostly in the green in early trading Wednesday as investors held out hope that a weekend meeting between the U.S. and Chinese leaders can ease trade tensions.
gained 0.8%, helped by so-called domestic-demand companies, which cooled yesterday after recent strength. Consumer products, food and construction companies led the gains, with soap maker Kao
up 4.3% and beverage maker Kirin
gaining 1.3%. But trade-sensitive sectors such as auto and steel were underperforming even with a weaker yen as metals prices have been sliding of late. Toyota
was down 1.5%.
Hong Kong stocks rebounded after yesterday’s lackluster performance. The Hang Seng
was up 0.8%, with energy stocks finding their footing after impacts from Friday’s oil slump. With crude prices up in Asia in morning trading, Cnooc
rose 1.4%. Meanwhile, stock-market heavyweight Tencent
was up a further 1.9% as the internet firm continues its rebound.
Stocks on mainland China rose as well, with the Shanghai Composite
up 0.7% and the smaller-cap Shenzhen Composite
gaining 0.5%. Consumer names were early gainers, including wine and home-appliance makers. Shanghai Hi-tech Control
was up the 10% limit while Navtech
South Korea’s Kospi
was up slightly, as was Taiwan’s Taiex
, while Singapore’s Strait Times Index
struggled for direction.
Australia’s ASX 200
was down slightly, though Fortescue Metals
jumped 2% after a positive assessment by Morgan Stanley. New Zealand’s NZS-50
was up 0.5%.
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