Asian shares mixed as Huawei sanctions stir trade fears

/ 04:42 PM May 17, 2019

SINGAPORE – Asian stocks were mixed on Friday amid worries that U.S. economic sanctions on Huawei may cast a pall on trade negotiations with China.

These fears weighed heavily on Chinese benchmarks.


 Asian shares mixed as Huawei sanctions stir trade fears

A woman walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan’s Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, May 17, 2019. Asian stocks were mixed on Friday amid worries that U.S. economic sanctions on Huawei would put a drag on trade negotiations with China. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Shanghai composite gave up 2.7% to 2,876.90. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 1.2% to 27,932.31 and the A-share index on the smaller market in Shenzhen lost 3%.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 jumped 0.9% to 21,250.09, while Australia’s S&P ASX 200 advanced 0.6% to 6,365.30.


The Kospi in South Korea shed 0.6% to 2,055.80. India’s Sensex surged 0.9%.

Shares fell in Taiwan and Singapore but rose in Thailand and the Philippines.

An executive order by the Trump administration, aimed at banning Huawei equipment from U.S. networks, took effect on Thursday.

The order also subjects the Chinese telecommunications giant to strict export controls. China has threatened to retaliate.

It remains to be seen how the move will affect trade negotiations.

Some investors took cues from Wall Street, which closed higher for the third straight day, led by strong performances from technology companies and banks.

The broad S&P 500 index climbed 0.9% to 2,876.32 on Thursday.


The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.8% to 25,862.68 and the Nasdaq composite rebounded 1% to 7,898.05. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks was 0.6% higher at 1,557.24.

“The street appears to have temporarily given up trying to predict the fluid situation that is U.S.-China trade relations and concentrate on the here and now,” Jeffrey Halley of OANDA said in a commentary.

“The march higher will be tentative at best though with sentiment both incredibly cautious and fragile,” he added.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 2 cents to $62.85 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It picked up 85 cents to $62.87 per barrel on Thursday. Brent crude, the international standard, lost 15 cents to $72.47 per barrel.

CURRENCIES: The dollar retreated to 109.60 Japanese yen from 109.85 yen late Thursday. The euro rose to $1.1181 from $1.1178. /gg

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