Asian shares were mixed on Friday as investors weighed concerns about the U.S. presidential election and an economic stimulus package, on top of fears of flaring outbreaks of coronavirus.
- Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 inched up less than 0.1% by midday to 23,523.37.
- Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 shed 0.2% to 6,196.10.
- South Korea’s Kospi declined 0.6% to 2,346.88.
- Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.9% to 24,363.70.
- The Shanghai Composite was unchanged at 3,332.05.
- In energy trading, benchmark U.S. crude lost 31 cents to $40.65 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
- It gave up 8 cents on Thursday to $40.96. Brent crude, the international standard, fell 41 cents to $42.75 a barrel.
- The U.S. dollar slipped to 105.26 Japanese yen from 105.42 yen late Thursday.
- The euro cost $1.1706, little changed from $1.1710.