|Published : 21 Mar 2017, 10:23:08|
Asian share markets mixed in lacklustre trade
Asian shares were mixed in lacklustre trading on Tuesday, as markets searched for a dominant theme, weighing currency fluctuations, signs of growing protectionism and other uncertainties.
Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 0.3 per cent to 19,459.16 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 was unchanged at 5,779.10. South Korea's Kospi added 1.1 per cent to 2,181.09.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.3 per cent to 24,585.50, while the Shanghai Composite added 0.2 per cent to 3,256.37.
European markets mostly fell overnight.
The S&P 500 index lost 0.2 per cent to 2,373.47. The Dow Jones industrial average was almost unchanged at 20,905.86. The Nasdaq composite was also flat, at 5,901.53.
Benchmark US crude added 19 cents to $49.10 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, rose 20 cents to $51.82 a barrel in London.
The dollar rose to 112.74 yen from 112.53 yen. The euro slipped to $1.0758 from $1.0760, according to AP.