Asian markets were drifting lower in early Friday trading, with China and Hong Kong leading the way with declines around 1%. Korea and Taiwan were down about half that level, following the pullback in the fellow tech-heavy Nasdaq in the U.S. overnight.
Chinese stocks added to Thursdays weakness, extending recent underperformance in the region. The Shanghai Composite
was off 0.9% in early trading, dragged down by real estate, financials and utilities. Small caps were down similarly despite news that the U.S. has reached a deal with China to allow ZTE to get back to business.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng
was off 1.1% after logging a sixth-straight day of gains Thursday. Tech giant Tencent
fell more than 2%.
The yen pulled back some following overnight gains as risk aversion cooled again. The dollar
reached session highs of 楼109.85 versus 楼109.75 at Tokyos stock-market open. Still, the Nikkei
was trading down slightly.
South Korean stocks
dropped, with Samsung Electronics
down more than 1%. Singapore
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