Japan fell more than 2.5 percent as China rebounds on trade hopes

Asia markets traded mixed on Friday following sharp declines in U.S. stocks overnight as a dire quarterly warning from Apple stoked fears of a slowdown in the global economy.

Stocks

  • Japan’s Nikkei 225 dropped 2.68 percent in afternoon
  • Topix index fell around 1.9 percent with almost all sectors seeing declines.
  • Nasdaq E-mini futures (NQc1) down 2.2 percent.
  • Japanese conglomerate Softbank fell about 3.3 percent.
  • Fast Retailing, the company behind the Uniqlo chain of apparel stores, declined nearly 6 percent.
  • The Shanghai composite bounced about 1.81.
  • Shenzhen composite and Shenzhen component jumped 2.24 percent and 2.409 percent, respectively.
  • Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index extended gains to rise 1.3 percent.
  • ASX 200 slipped almost 0.6 percent as many sectors saw losses.
  • Australia and New Zealand Banking Group slipped 0.86 percent.
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia shed 0.42 percent.
  • Westpac fell 0.48 percent.
  • National Australia Bank declined by 0.46 percent.
  • South Korea’s Kospi recovered from its earlier losses to gain 0.66 percent.
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 660.02 points, or 2.8 percent, to close at 22,686.22
  • S&P 500 shed 2.47 percent to finish at 2,447.89.
  • Nasdaq Composite dropped 3 percent to close at 6,463.50.

Currencies

  • U.S. dollar index was at 96.328 after seeing a high above 96.8 earlier in the week.
  • The Japanese yen, was traded at 108.32 against the dollar after rising sharply on Thursday to levels below 106.
  • The Australian dollar was at $0.7028.

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