Asian shares were mixed; uncertainties about Brexit

Asian shares were mixed Monday amid uncertainties about Britain’s exit from the European Union and the ongoing trade conflict between the U.S. and China.

Asian shares

  • Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 gained nearly 0.3% in afternoon trading to 22,555.14.
  • South Korea’s Kospi picked up 0.2% to 2,064.27, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.2% to 26,783.22.
  • The S&P/ASX 200 in Australia inched up less than 0.1% to 6,652.50.
  • the Shanghai Composite slipped 0.2% to 2,932.96.
  • Shares fell in Taiwan and were mixed in Southeast Asia.

Currency

  • The dollar rose to 108.51 Japanese yen from 108.38 yen on Friday.
  • The euro slipped to $1.1160 from $1.1174.
  • The pound GBP=D3 fell 0.6% to $1.2907 and was off about 0.4% to 86.47 pence per euro.

Commodities

  • Benchmark crude oil dipped 10 cents to $53.68 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It fell 15 cents to $53.78 a barrel Friday
  • Brent crude oil, the international standard, dropped 14 cents to $59.28 a barrel.

Source: Reuters.com

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