Asian stocks were mixed in early trading Thursday as investors remained cautious amid a spate of worldwide geopolitical concerns, including President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, U.S.-China trade talks, testimony by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, Brexit and conflict between India and Pakistan.
Japan’s Nikkei NIK, -0.79% slipped 0.3%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng HSI, -0.47% rose slightly. In mainland China, the Shanghai Composite SHCOMP, -0.44% fell about 0.3% on disappointing factory-activity data, while the smaller-cap Shenzhen Composite 399106, +0.35% rose about 0.2%. South Korea’s Kospi SEU, -1.76% fell 0.5%, weighed by falling tech stocks, and benchmarks in Taiwan Y9999, -0.02% and Indonesia JAKIDX, -0.23% dropped as well.
Among individual stocks, robotics maker Fanuc 6954, -2.12% fell in Tokyo trading, while oil producer Inpex 1605, +0.00% gained. AIA Group 1299, +1.88% and HSBC 0005, +0.16% rose in Hong Kong, while Apple AAPL, +0.31% supplier AAC 2018, -3.44% continued its losing streak. Samsung 005930, -3.53% and SK Hynix 000660, -5.02% slumped in Korea, following a decline in U.S. semiconductor stocks. Mining giant Rio Tinto RIO, +1.09% and Beach Energy BPT, +0.48% gained in Australia.
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