Asian shares were mixed Friday as markets meandered on news about economies reopening, mixed with worries about the prolonged health risks from the new coronavirus.
- Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 edged down nearly 0.2% to 19,881.46 in morning trading.
- South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.3% to 1,919.51.
- Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.6% to 5,362.80.
- Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed nearly 0.3% to 23,767.56.
- The Shanghai Composite was little changed at 2,870.69.
- In Asia Friday, U.S. benchmark crude added 4 cents to $27.92 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It jumped $2.20 to $27.88 per barrel on Thursday.
- Brent, the international standard, added 25 cents to $31.38 a barrel.
- The U.S. dollar rose to 107.26 Japanese yen from 107.25 yen.
- The euro was flat at $1.0805.
- The yen was little changed at 107.21 per dollar.
- The offshore yuan was at 7.1165 per dollar.
- Bonds The yield on 10-year Treasuries remained at about 0.62%, down about six basis points on the week.
- Australia’s 10-year yield added one basis point to 0.91%.