A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. Asian shares were mostly higher Friday, cheered by a jump on Wall Street as strong earnings reports from market bellwethers like Microsoft and Comcast gave a confidence boost to investors shaken by the recent wave of selling. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asian shares mostly lower despite US markets rally

October 26, 2018 - 3:27 am

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares turned mostly lower after early gains Friday, despite the overnight jump on Wall Street. Worries over corporate earnings, trade and the outlook for growth weighed on sentiment.

KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.4 percent to finish at 21,184.60, while South Korea's Kospi dropped 1.8 percent to 2,027.15. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.2 percent to 5,665.20. Hong Kong's Hang Seng sank 0.9 percent to 24,759.91 and the Shanghai Composite shed 0.2 percent to 2,5984.85. Shares rose in Indonesia but fell in Taiwan and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.

WALL STREET: The rally wiped out a large part of the market's plunge from the day before. The S&P 500 index jumped 1.9 percent to 2,705.57. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.6 percent to 24,984.55 and the Nasdaq surged 3 percent to 7,318.34 after its biggest drop in seven years.

MARKET WORRIES: Investors are worried that rising interest rates and disputes with trading partners could hurt economic growth and corporate profits. They get more insight into how the American economy is doing later in the day when the U.S. government reports on economic growth during the third quarter.

THE QUOTE: "Despite the relief stemming from gains on Wall Street, the leads are mixed for Asia into Friday," Jingyi Pan of IG said in a commentary. "One notable trend that would add to the pressure for Asia markets this morning had also been the strengthening greenback."

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude fell 72 cents to $66.61 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, the benchmark for international oil prices, dipped 74 cents to $76.15.

CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 112.18 yen from 112.43 yen. The euro rose to $1.1381 from $1.1375.


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