The Japanese benchmark Nikkei average dipped 0.3% to 19,854.03 by the midday break, with Real Estate and other defensive sectors leading the losses.
On the week, the Nikkei was down 1.6%, poised for its 1st weekly decliner in 3.
The broader Topix fell 0.3% to 1,441.96 by the recess, with 66% of the 33 sector sub-indexes on the Tokyo exchange trading lower.
Australia’s share price index futures rose 0.8% or 45 pts, a 24.3-point premium to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index
New Zealand’s benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index rose 0.65% by 2229 GMT.
Chinese stocks edged up Friday after factory output rose for the 1st time this year as C-19 coronavirus lockdowns were slowly lifted, easing growth concerns and offsetting caution around an escalation in US-China tensions.
At the midday break, the Shanghai Composite index was 0.2% higher at 2,875.45 pts.
China’s blue-chip CSI300 index was flat, with its financial sector sub-index higher by 0.3%, the consumer staples sector down 0.7%, the real estate index up 0.3% and the healthcare sub-index down 1.2%.
Chinese H-shares listed in Hong Kong rose 0.3%, while the Hang Seng Index ticked up 0.4% at 23,925.40.
The smaller Shenzhen index climbed 0.6% and the start-up board ChiNext Composite index was 0.7% higher.
Philippine shares dropped more than 1% Friday, dragged down by the financial sector, while stocks in Indonesia hit an over 3-wk low after data showed that Southeast Asia’s largest economy swung back to a trade deficit in April.
Indonesian shares were 0.4% lower, having fallen as much as 1.2% earlier. The country’s $350-M trade deficit in April was larger than the $200-M gap expected in a Reuters poll, as exports and imports plunged. The country’s benchmark was poised for its 2nd straight weekly loss.
Stocks in Vietnam ticked lower, while Thai shares were little changed as energy stocks lent support on the back of higher oil prices.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian benchmark index added 0.6% and was set for a 3rd straight session of gainers, helped by industrial stocks.
Data as of 15 May 2020. All quotes delayed at least 15 mins.
|.TRXFLDJPP||Thomson Reuters Equity Japan Index||2:59am EDT||127.44||+0.58||+0.46%|
|.TRXFLDHKP||Thomson Reuters Equity HK Index||3:00am EDT||275.62||-0.27||-0.10%|
|.TRXFLDINP||Thomson Reuters Equity India Index||3:01am EDT||1,044.30||-3.99||-0.38%|
|.N225||Nikkei Stock Average 225||2:15am EDT||20,037.47||+122.69||+0.62%|
|.HSI||Hang Seng Index||3:16am EDT||23,825.28||-4.46||-0.02%|
|.AORD||ASX All Ordinaries Index||3:03am EDT||5,492.80||+74.80||+1.38%|
|.KS11||KOSPI Index||2:33am EDT||1,927.28||+2.32||+0.12%|
|.SETI||SET Composite Index||1:29am EDT||1,281.25||+0.85||+0.07%|
|.JKSE||Jakarta Composite||3:30am EDT||4,498.58||-15.26||-0.34%|
|.PSI||PSE Composite Index||12:50am EDT||5,541.95||-112.75||-1.99%|
|.SSEC||Shanghai Composite Index||3:00am EDT||2,868.46||-1.88||-0.07%|
|.BSESN||S&P BSE Sensex||3:16am EDT||30,925.43||-197.46||-0.63%|
|.FTFBMKLCI||FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI||3:15am EDT||1,402.75||+5.50||+0.39%|
|.HNX30||HNX 30 Index||13 May 2020||217.20||+0.52||+0.24%|
Have a healthy weekend, Keep the Faith!