A man stands in front of a bank electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index outside a Hong Kong local bank Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. Share prices were mixed in Asia on Thursday, with Japan and Australia leading gains after U.S. indexes stabilized overnight. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian share prices mixed after US markets regain equilibrium

December 07, 2017 - 2:23 am

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Share prices were mixed in Asia on Thursday, with Japan and Australia leading gains after U.S. indexes stabilized overnight.

KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 jumped 1.5 percent to 22,498.03 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.5 percent to 5,977.70. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index reversed earlier losses, adding 0.2 percent to 28,283.07. Most other regional benchmarks fell. The Shanghai Composite index slipped 0.7 percent to 3,272.05 and South Korea's Kospi lost 0.5 percent to 2,462.98. Stocks in Southeast Asia were mixed.

WALL STREET: On Wednesday, U.S. stocks closed mixed. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was flat at 2,629.27, shedding just 30 points. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 0.2 percent to 24,140.91, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite rose 0.2 percent, to 6,776.38. The Russell 2000 index of small-cap stocks lost 0.5 percent to 1,508.88.

ANALYST'S VIEW: "By no means do we expect risk sentiment to rebound this morning, though with the U.S. leads, one would be keen to see if Asian markets would similarly find stability in the day," Jingyi Pan of IG said in a commentary. "Overnight we have seen U.S. markets stabilize as the likes of the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 index broke the downtrend to find narrow-range trading, keeping the intraday changes moderate."

GEOPOLITICAL ISSUES: Market reaction was muted to President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, ending decades of unwavering U.S. neutrality on the issue. In other global developments, the British and Irish prime ministers spoke, seeking to overcome a logjam in Brexit talks, but there was no sign of an imminent breakthrough.

U.S. JOBS: A report from payroll processor ADP showed private employers added 190,000 jobs last month, slightly better than expected. The report comes two days before a government jobs report, among the last key economic indicators before the Federal Reserve's meeting next week.

OIL: Benchmark U.S. crude recovered briefly before falling again. It slipped 11 cents to $55.85 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Wednesday, the contract sank $1.66 to settle at $55.96 per barrel. Brent crude, the international standard, added 3 cents to $61.25 per barrel. It lost $1.64 to $61.22 a barrel on Wednesday.

CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 112.56 Japanese yen from 112.27 yen while the euro weakened to $1.1794 from $1.1796.

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