Friday’s World Markets: Asia-Pacific

Hong Kong stocks slipped Friday to end the week lower, as risk-averse sentiment strengthened on continued spread of the coronavirus with infections surpassing 1-M globally.

At the close of trade, the Hang Seng index was down 43.95 points, or 0.19%, at 23,236.11. The Hang Seng China Enterprises index fell 0.37% to 9,491.1.The sub-index of the Hang Seng tracking energy shares dipped 2.5%, while the IT sector fell 1.08%, the financial sector ended 0.59% lower and the property sector dipped 0.13%.

At the close, the Shanghai Composite index was down 0.6% at 2,763.99.

The blue-chip CSI300 index was down 0.57%, with its financial sector sub-index falling 0.9%, the consumer staples sector up 0.52%, the real estate index down 0.18% and the healthcare sub-index up 1.05%.

The smaller Shenzhen index ended down 0.47% and the start-up board ChiNext Composite index was weaker by 0.536%

The Nikkei index ended up 0.01% at 17,820.19 in a subdued session that saw shares bounce between gains and losses. On the week, the index was down 8.1% as fear about the economic costs of the coronavirus hurt global equity markets.

The S&P/ASX 200 index ended 1.7% down at 5,067.50, after climbing as much as 1.8% earlier in the day. However, on a weekly basis, the benchmark settled 4.4% higher, its best week since 15 April 2016.


Data as of 3 April 2020. All quotes delayed at least 15 mins.

SymbIndexTimeLastChgChg %
.TRXFLDJPPThomson Reuters Equity Japan Index3:43am EDT116.07-0.49-0.42%
.TRXFLDHKPThomson Reuters Equity HK Index4:29am EDT259.16-0.81-0.31%
.TRXFLDINPThomson Reuters Equity India Index4:29am EDT934.00-10.86-1.15%
.N225Nikkei Stock Average 2252:15am EDT17,820.19+1.47+0.01%
.HSIHang Seng Index4:08am EDT23,236.11-43.95-0.19%
.AORDASX All Ordinaries Index2:32am EDT5,106.90-81.80-1.58%
.KS11KOSPI Index2:32am EDT1,725.44+0.58+0.03%
.SETISET Composite Index4:44am EDT1,142.40+4.13+0.36%
.JKSEJakarta Composite4:14am EDT4,623.43+91.74+2.02%
.PSIPSE Composite Index12:50am EDT5,346.97+4.66+0.09%
.SSECShanghai Composite Index3:59am EDT2,763.99-16.65-0.60%
.BSESNS&P BSE Sensex4:47am EDT27,577.33-687.98-2.43%
.FTFBMKLCIFTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI4:43am EDT1,329.30-1.60-0.12%
.HNX30HNX 30 Index31 Mar 2020174.04+6.15+3.66%

Have a healthy weekend, stay at home!

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