Friday, 28 October 2016

Asian Markets Mixed; Nikkei up 0.5%

Asian markets turned mixed after opening positive, as oil prices begin to slip after an initial bounce in the US on OPEC comments. The ASX 200 fell 0.24 percent, weighed by declines in its financials subindex, which was down 0.51 percent. Losses were offset by strength in the energy subindex, which gained 0.48 percent, and the materials sector, up 0.68 percent. 

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 was up 0.53 percent, despite the weaker economic data released. A weaker yen likely drove the market's gains. The dollar/yen pair broke past 105 levels around the time of London Stock Exchange's close, on the back of a stronger dollar. 

The currency pair was trading at 105.15 as of 8:52 am HK/SIN, but may struggle to remain above 105, an analyst said.

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