Asian markets lag as oil stocks slip further

Asian markets lag as oil stocks slip further

Nikkei up slightly, while Chinese indexes mixed

Asian stock markets were posting modest losses in early trading Wednesday, after oil prices tumbled 7% Tuesday, marking their 12th straight session of losses. Crude prices CLZ8, -0.65% were again down slightly in early trading.

Japan’s Nikkei NIK, +0.16% traded up and down, and was last up 0.3%. The dollar USDJPY, +0.06% was at ¥113.92, versus ¥113.80 in late New York trade, while the 20-year yield was down a half-basis point at 0.64% following Tuesday’s drop in Treasury yields. Oil producer Inpex 1605, -1.86% fell 2.3% while Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. 1662, -2.13% dropped 3.4%. On the positive side, SoftBank 9984, +4.71% jumped 3.6% and TDK 6762, +3.01% was up 2.5%.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index HSI, -0.64% was down 0.4% amid slides in mainland China oil heavyweights following crude’s slump. Cnooc 0883, -4.65% was down 4.5% and Sinopec 0386, -2.40% fell 3.6%. Meanwhile, Tencent 0700, -0.73% was off 0.5% ahead of its after-the-bell third-quarter earnings report.

Chinese stock benchmarks were mixed in early trading, with the Shanghai Composite SHCOMP, -0.85% off 0.2% while the smaller-cap Shenzhen Composite 399106, -0.40% up 0.1%. PetroChina 601857, -2.73% slid 3% to hit three-month lows. Automobile air-conditioning company Hengli Industrial 000622, +2.51% was down 3% in Shenzhen after rising the 10% daily limit in 13 of the past 14 sessions.

Australia’s ASX 200 XJO, -1.74% was down 1.5%, again dragged down by energy and financial stocks. Woodside Petroleum WPL, -2.49% was down 3%, as was Oil Search OSH, -2.61% . New Zealand’s NZX-50 NZ50GR, -0.38% was down 0.4%.

South Korea’s Kospi SEU, -0.15% dropped slightly, while benchmark indexes in Singapore STI, -0.61% and Taiwan Y9999, +0.16% were mixed.

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