Asian shares were mostly lower Tuesday as markets watched for tax reform developments in the U.S. and digested economic data from China.
ANALYST VIEWPOINT: “The lethargic start to the week has offered few clues, and with all the second-guessing going on surrounding the events in Washington, investors continue to reduce rather than add to exposures,” Stephen Innes of OANDA said in a commentary.
KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 recouped earlier gains to end the morning session at 22,441.24, up 0.3 percent. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.9 percent to 5,967.50. South Korea’s Kospi edged down 0.2 percent to 2,524.60. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was little changed at 29,180.64, while the Shanghai Composite lost 0.3 percent to 3,436.93.
WALL STREET: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 0.1 percent to 2,584.84. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 0.1 percent to 23,439.70. The Nasdaq composite 0.1 percent to 6,757.60, while the Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks was virtually unchanged at 1,475.07. More stocks fell than rose on the New York Stock Exchange.
CHINA WATCH: China’s industrial value-added output expanded 6.2 percent year-on-year in October, slowing from 6.6-percent growth in September, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. China’s private fixed-asset investment increased 5.8 percent on year in the first 10 months of this year, lower than the 6-percent increase for the first nine months. The Chinese economy is still growing but the focus is on assessing whether that pace is slowing.
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