Asia Shares Mixed With Tokyo Down On Weak Yen, Sydney Gains


Asian shares were mixed Tuesday, with Tokyo giving up some gains on as stronger yen and Sydney higher after a long weekend.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 dipped 0.23%, while South Korea's benchmark Kospi index rose 0.18%. South Korean tech stocks were mixed after the sell-off in the last session. Samsung Electronics (OTC:SSNLF, KS:005930) was 0.09% higher and LG Display (OTC:LGEAF) rose 2.72%, but memory chip supplier SK Hynix (OTC:HXSCF) traded lower by 0.35%.

In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 was higher by 0.06%. Several employees of Crown Resorts (OTCPK:CWLDF), the Australian gaming group, were charged in China for the "promotion of gambling," Reuters reported. Shares of Crown gained 0.27% in early trade.

The National Australia Bank released its May business confidence survey that showed a plus-7 figure, down from the previous reading at plus-13, and its business survey at plus-12, also down from the previous figure at plus-14.

Meanwhile, Australian media company Ten Network requested that its shares be halted from trade after the company's guarantors said they did not intend to "extend or increase their support for (Ten Network's) credit facilities" after the term ended on December 23, 2017.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index gained 0.37% in early trade and the Shanghai Composite dipped 0.13%.

Overnight, U.S. stocks made a poor start to the week, closing in negative territory, as investors continued to ditch tech stocks, extending the tech tumble for a second straight day.

Mizuho stoked fears that the valuation of the technology giant may have peaked, after the bank noted that strong iPhone 8 sales in the upcoming production cycle may have already been priced into Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares at recent levels. "We believe enthusiasm around the upcoming product cycle is fully captured at current levels, with limited upside from here on out," Mizuho managing director, Americas research, Abhey Lamba, said in a Sunday note.

Some analysts, however, remained optimistic about investment opportunities in U.S. equity markets, expressing the need to look at different sectors for growth.

"We think the main sector driver will be Financials." Morgan Stanley said in a research report to clients. "Additional positive catalysts are that the sector remains significantly under-owned, Banks have executed on prudent expense management and the potential for financial deregulation still exists."

The current tech dump narrative dominating moves in U.S. equities could potentially shift as investors look ahead to the upcoming Federal Reserve interest rate decision on Wednesday, followed by a press conference from Fed chair Janet Yellen. Investors are expected to pay close attention to the press conference for any clues on the Fed's plan to reduce its $4.5 trillion balance sheet later this year and any possible shift in tone on future interest rate increases in the wake of weak U.S. economic data.

The U.S. economy created far fewer jobs than expected in the month of May, while a slump in energy prices is expected to weigh on the pace of inflation. In corporate news, General Electric (NYSE:GE) CEO Jeff Immelt announced that John Flannery, current president and CEO of GE Healthcare, will take over as chief executive in August.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed lower at 21,235.67. The S&P 500 lost 0.10%, while the Nasdaq Composite closed at 6175.46, down 0.52%. The Nasdaq lost more than 100 points at the close on Friday.

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