Asia follows US markets lower as investors watch trade talks

The screen of trader Edward Curran's handheld device is reflected in his glasses as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, May 3, 2018. U.S. stocks are falling Thursday morning as the market continues a sell-off that began late the previous day. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

SEOUL, South Korea — Asian stock markets were lower on Friday after Wall Street finished with losses overnight as investors watched the outcome of trade talks between the United States and China.

KEEPING SCORE: South Korea's Kospi fell 0.7 percent to 2,470.24 while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index lost 0.7 percent to 30,111.88. Shanghai Composite Index retreated 0.3 percent to 3,092.27. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 dropped 0.5 percent to 6,068.60. Japan was closed for a public holiday. Stocks in Taiwan, Singapore and Indonesia were lower.

TRADE TALKS: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the U.S. is having good discussions in trade talks in China ahead of a second day of meeting aimed at easing tensions. The dispute has deepened as China has stepped up efforts to overtake Western industry leaders in advanced technologies, especially for semiconductors. Analysts say chances for a breakthrough from the two-day meeting appear slim given the two sides' intensifying rivalry in strategic technologies, where China lags behind the U.S.

ANALYST'S TAKE: "The U.S.-China trade meeting, which remains underway, would be another item packing risks ahead," said Jingyi Pan, a market strategist at IG in Singapore.

WALL STREET: U.S. stocks finished lower on Thursday. The S&P 500 index slid 0.2 percent to 2,629.73. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 5.17 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 23,390.15. The Nasdaq composite lost 0.2 percent to 7,088.15. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks fell 0.5 percent to 1,546.56.

OIL: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 1 cent to $68.42 per barrel on New York Mercantile Exchange. It rose 0.7 percent to $68.43 barrel in the previous session. Brent crude, the international standard, dipped 2 cents to $73.60 per barrel in London. On Thursday, it rose 0.4 percent to $73.62 a barrel.

CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 108.96 yen from 109.21 yen. The euro rose to $1.1993 from $1.1989.

People also read these

Global stocks rise on Trump policy hopes, EU...

Feb 13, 2017

Global stocks rose Monday after President Donald Trump promised tax cuts for companies and appeared...

Global markets drift ahead of Trump speech to...

Feb 28, 2017

Global stock markets traded in fairly narrow ranges Tuesday as investors awaited a speech by...

Asian markets mixed as US health bill delay...

Mar 24, 2017

Asian shares mixed after U.S. vote on a health care bill delayed, raising doubts over Trump's...

Asian stocks slip, yen and gold rise as global...

Apr 12, 2017

Most Asia stock markets are retreating as rising geopolitical risks keep investors on edge

Asian stocks slide as Trump's mounting woes...

May 18, 2017

Asian stocks slide after big Wall Street losses as Trump's mounting political woes rattle investors

About Us

Biz Daily Online gives a complete understanding of the world of business to you. Get today’s business news and learn about the trends that are affecting every business here.

Contact us: sales[at]bizdailyonline.com

Subscribe Now!