Asian stocks mostly lower early Thursday

Asian stocks were mostly lower Thursday as caution set in after a retreat on Wall Street driven by a decline in technology shares.

Asian Stocks

  • Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 NIK, -1.10%  declined 0.7% to 23,185.16.
  • Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 XJO, -0.81%  slipped nearly 1.0% to 5,866.90.
  • South Korea’s Kospi 180721, -2.59%  plunged 1.9% to 2,288.28.
  • Hong Kong’s Hang Seng HSI, -1.82%  dropped 1.4% to 23,408.88.
  • The Shanghai Composite SHCOMP, -1.63%  was down nearly 1.0% at 3,248.46.

Commodities

In energy trading, benchmark U.S. crude CL.1, -0.93%   fell 42 cents to $39.51 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude BRN00, -0.83%, the international standard, lost 34 cents to $41.43 a barrel.

Currency Markets

  • The U.S. dollar cost inched up to 105.44 Japanese yen USDJPY, -0.08%  from 105.38 yen late Wednesday.
  • The euro EURUSD, -0.09%  was trading at $1.1661, almost unchanged from $1.1660.

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