Asian shares were mixed Friday as markets reopening

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.

Asian Shares

  • 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.

Oil Prices

  • 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%.


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