Asian markets muted on lower expectations for U.S.-China trade talks

Asian markets were muted in early trading Friday, as investors appeared to be readjusting their expectations about trade negotiations between the U.S. and China.

As high-level meetings between the worlds two largest economies were being conducted in Washington, President Donald Trump kept expectations low, saying China had become spoiled and that he doubted negotiations would be successful.

Japans Nikkei index
NIK, +0.25%
was up slightly, putting it on pace for an eighth straight week of gains. Rising yields on U.S. Treasurys boosted Japanese insurance companies, with T&D Holdings Inc.
8795, +1.68%
and Dai-ichi Life Holdings Inc.
8750, +0.72%
posting early gains. A weakening yen also helped Japanese manufacturing companies, with equipment maker SMC Corp.
6273, +3.20%
up almost 3% and robot-maker Fanuc Corp.
6954, +1.20%
up about 1.5%.

South Koreas Kospi
SEU, +0.27%
advanced, following gains by Samsung Electronics
005930, +0.30%
. Australias S&P/ASX 200
XJO, -0.16%
was teetering between gains and losses, while the indexs energy sector hit a three-year high. Woodside Petroleum
WPL, +0.29%
, Santos
STO, +1.29%
and Oil Search
OSH, +0.29%
all were in the green. Stocks in New Zealand
NZ50GR, +0.14%
were up, though not enough to make up for losses earlier this week.

Hong Kongs Hang Seng Index
HSI, +0.19%
was down a fraction, as was Chinas Shanghai
SHCOMP, +0.38%
and Shenzhen
399106, -0.17%
composites. Singapores Straits Times Index
STI, -0.36%
was last down more than 0.4%.

Related Topics Asia Markets China Japan Australia Singapore Foreign Investment

Quote References NIK +57.74 +0.25% 8795 +32.00 +1.68% 8750 +16.50 +0.72% 6273 +1,350.00 +3.20% 6954 +285.00 +1.20% SEU +6.50 +0.27% 005930 +150.00 +0.30% XJO -9.80 -0.16% WPL +0.10 +0.29% STO +0.08 +1.29% OSH +0.03 +0.29% NZ50GR +12.20 +0.14% HSI +58.60 +0.19% SHCOMP +12.04 +0.38% 399106 -3.05 -0.17% STI -12.67 -0.36% Show all references
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