Asian shares mostly lower as US-China trade optimism fades
Thursday, 7 March 2019 TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower Thursday as optimism about progress in trade talks between the U.S. and China started wearing thin. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 0.7 percent in afternoon trading to 21,456.01. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 edged up 0.3 percent to 6,263.90. South Korea's Kospi dropped 0.5 percent to 2,165.79. Hong Kong's Hang Seng dipped 0.9 percent to 28,787.30, while the Shanghai Composite gained 0.1 percent to 3,106.42. On Wall Street, health care companies led U.S. stocks broadly lower Wednesday, giving the market its third straight loss. Technology and energy stocks also bore the brunt of the selling, offsetting gains in materials and utilities companies. Several retailers also rose.
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