Shares waver as US warns era of patience with NKorea is over
Asian shares mixed as Korean tensions persist
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian shares fell Friday as investors fretted over rising geopolitical tensions, especially the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Many markets around the world were closed for Good Friday holidays. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 lost 0.5 percent to 18,335.63 and South Korea's Kospi slipped 0.6 percent to 2,134.88. The Shanghai Composite index dropped 0.9 percent to 3,246.07. Markets in Hong Kong, Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries were closed.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stocks were lower on Friday as investors in the region had many reasons to worry about rising geopolitical tensions and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Many markets were closed for public holidays. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 fell 0.3 percent to 18,364.68 and South Korea's Kospi slipped 0.5 percent to 2,137.07. Shanghai Composite index dropped 0.6 percent to 3,254.97.
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mixed Thursday after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew a threat to declare China a currency manipulator. Trump's comment that the U.S. dollar was getting too strong helped push the yen higher, hurting Japanese exporters' shares. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 fell 1.0 percent to 18,362.43 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 0.1 percent to 24,296.85. The Shanghai Composite Index edged 0.1 percent higher to 3,277.88.
HONG KONG (AP) -- Stock markets were subdued and the price of oil and gold rose Wednesday as geopolitical risks kept investors on edge ahead of a long weekend. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, France's CAC 40 gained 0.2 percent to 5,113 and Germany's DAX added 0.1 percent to 12,150. Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.1 percent to 7,357. U.S. indexes were poised to open slightly lower, with Dow and S&P 500 futures down 0.1 percent.
HONG KONG (AP) -- Most Asia stock markets retreated Wednesday as rising geopolitical risks kept investors on edge, with Japanese shares leading the decline after the strengthening yen crossed a key level. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 stock index tumbled 1.2 percent to 18,516.04 after the dollar fell under 110 yen for the first time in five months, pressuring the country's exporters. Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.2 percent to 24,049.
TOKYO (AP) -- Stocks were mixed Tuesday and the price of gold rose as investors monitored geopolitical risks -- from North Korea's rumblings over the U.S. to major powers' plan to put pressure on Russia over the Syrian war. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX edged 0.1 percent lower to 12,194 and the CAC 40 of France was 0.2 percent higher at 5,116. Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.6 percent to 7,383.
TOKYO (AP) -- Shares were mostly lower Tuesday in Asia amid growing wariness over tensions with North Korea. A stronger yen pulled Japanese shares lower. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index slipped 0.5 percent to 18,708.49 as Toshiba and other big manufacturers lost ground. Hong Kong's Hang Seng sank 0.8 percent to 24,063.28 and the Shanghai Composite index lost 0.5 percent to 3,252.67 and South Korea's Kospi fell 0.6 percent to 2,119.86.
TOKYO (AP) -- Global shares were wavering Monday after attacks by suicide bombers on churches in Egypt added to uncertainties in the Middle East. News that China's top anti-corruption body is investigating the insurance regulator pulled shares lower in Shanghai. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 lost 0.5 percent in early trading to 5,108.27, while Germany's DAX inched down 0.1 percent to 12,211.15. Britain's FTSE 100 was little changed but up slightly at 7,350.98. U.S.
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian shares were wavering Monday after attacks by suicide bombers on churches in Egypt added to uncertainties in the Middle East. News that China's top anti-corruption body is investigating the insurance regulator pulled shares in Shanghai and Shenzhen lower. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 added 0.7 percent to 18,794.94 in morning trading, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.7 percent to 5,904.30. South Korea's Kospi fell 0.8 percent to 2,133.90.
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks never got going Friday after a slightly disappointing jobs report and word of U.S. missile strikes against Syria. Investors bought shares of defense contractors and stocks that are traditionally considered safe. Stocks moved between gains and losses all morning after the Labor Department said employers didn't add as many jobs as analysts had forecast. They started to rise in afternoon trading, but those gains didn't last.
LONDON (AP) -- Soft U.S. jobs data and the decision by President Donald Trump to authorize the firing of U.S. missiles into Syria weighed on global stock markets Friday. The strikes though pushed gold prices higher as investors sought out the sanctuary of supposedly safe haven assets in a time of geopolitical uncertainty. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany's DAX was down 0.5 percent at 12,169 while the CAC 40 in France fell 0.
HONG KONG (AP) -- Asian stock indexes were mixed and oil prices rose Friday after the U.S. fired missiles at Syria during President Donald Trump's first meeting with China's president, leaving investors on edge over the global outlook. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 0.4 percent to 18,664.63 after dipping earlier in the day. The Shanghai Composite index added 0.3 percent to 3,290.88. South Korea's Kospi lost 0.2 percent to 2,148.12.
HONG KONG (AP) -- Asian stock indexes were mixed Friday after the U.S. fired missiles at Syria during President Donald Trump's first meeting with China's president, leaving investors on edge over the global outlook. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 0.6 percent to 18,700.11 after dipping earlier in the day. The Shanghai Composite index added 0.3 percent to 3,289.09. South Korea's Kospi lost 0.1 percent to 2,150.74. Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stocks were mostly lower Thursday, as the region nervously watched for market-moving news from the first meeting between the U.S. and Chinese leaders. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 1.3 percent in morning trading to 18,606.90, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 dipped 0.6 percent to 5,841.70. South Korea's Kospi lost 0.6 percent to 2,148.81. Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.7 percent to 24,232.08. The Shanghai Composite was little changed at 3,271.54.
LONDON (AP) -- European stock markets traded in narrow ranges Wednesday ahead of a raft of U.S. economic data that could determine when the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates next and the upcoming meeting between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, France's CAC 40 was up 0.1 percent at 5,106 while Germany's DAX fell 0.4 percent to 1,240.
TOKYO (AP) -- Shares advanced early Tuesday in Asia as markets in China caught up on gains following public holidays. Regional markets appeared to shrug off the latest North Korean missile test early in the morning. Trading was light ahead of U.S. data releases and meetings later in the week between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index gained 0.3 percent to 18,856.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- European stocks are mixed after Asian markets finished mostly lower on Tuesday. Investors are cautiously awaiting President Donald Trump's meeting with the Chinese president later this week. KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.4 percent to 7,308.04 and France's CAC 40 added 0.02 percent to 5,086.52. Germany's DAX fell 0.2 percent to 12,238.50. Futures showed Wall Street due to open with losses.