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ASIA MARKETS: Asian Markets Mostly Rise, Following Wall Street's Lead

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05/14/2019 | 11:46pm EDT

By Marketwatch and Associated Press

Stocks in Hong Kong, Shanghai gain despite trade tensions

Asian markets were mostly higher in early trading Wednesday, following gains on Wall Street after stocks started the week down on fears of an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday downplayed tensions , calling the situation a "little squabble" and stressing what a good relationship he has with China's President Xi Jinping. But he also hinted at imposing 25% tariffs on another $325 billion of Chinese goods -- essentially everything China exports to the U.S.

Japan's Nikkei was last about flat. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 0.7% while the Shanghai Composite advanced about 1%. South Korea's Kospi advanced 0.6%, and Taiwan's Taiex jumped 0.8%, while benchmark indexes in Singapore and Indonesia were about flat. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.5%.

Among individual stocks, Nissan Motor plunged after posting its worst fiscal-year earnings in 11 years (https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/14/japanese-prosecutors-revise-ghosn-indictment-as-scandal-takes-toll-on-nissan.html) Tuesday, and warned of more losses to come. Elsewhere in Tokyo trading, Takeda Pharmaceutical sank, as did Yahoo Japan . In Hong Kong, food processor WH Group , which has been battered amid a swine fever outbreak, rose. Insurer AIA Group and oil producer CNOOC also gained. LG Electronics rose in South Korea, as did Taiwan Semiconductor in Taiwan. BHP advanced in Australia, along with Rio Tinto and Beach Energy .

Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
AIA GROUP LTD 0.79% 82.7 End-of-day quote.27.23%
BEACH ENERGY LTD -1.02% 1.94 End-of-day quote.45.72%
BHP GROUP LTD 0.41% 41.2 End-of-day quote.19.87%
CHINA-SHANGHAI COMP 0.50% 3001.98 End-of-day quote.20.18%
CNOOC LTD 2.59% 13.48 End-of-day quote.10.86%
HANG SENG 0.09% 28485.02 Real-time Quote.10.11%
KOSPI COMPOSITE INDEX 0.17% 2126.45 Real-time Quote.3.98%
LG ELECTRONICS INC. End-of-day quote.
NIKKEI 225 0.13% 21285.99 Real-time Quote.6.21%
NISSAN MOTOR CO LTD 0.55% 766.3 End-of-day quote.-10.49%
RIO TINTO 1.31% 4751 Delayed Quote.25.72%
S&P/ASX 200 0.22% 6665.4 Real-time Quote.17.79%
TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MFG. CO. LTD. End-of-day quote.
TAKEDA PHARMACEUTICAL CO LTD -1.18% 3778 End-of-day quote.4.36%
YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION -1.88% 313 End-of-day quote.17.67%
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