Most Asian stocks fell as Japanese shares retreated on a stronger yen and a drop in oil weighed on energy companies.
About three shares declined for every two that gained on the MSCI Asia Pacific Index (MXAP), which was little changed at 141.34 as of 9:03 a.m. in Tokyo. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index climbed 0.3 percent to a fresh record yesterday ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday as investors weighed economic data.
“In the medium-term, things are still moving positively in most economies, but growth is slower universally,” said Angus Gluskie, managing director at White Funds Management in Sydney, which oversees about $550 million. “You want to be in the markets, but you don’t expect a spectacular return.”