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Asia-Pacific stocks mixed; RBA holds steady on policy

– CNBC

  • The Reserve Bank of Australia on Tuesday announced its decision to maintain its policy settings. That included keeping its cash rate at 0.1%, largely in line with expectations of analysts in a Reuters poll.
  • China’s services sector activity grew in March, according to a private sector survey released Tuesday. The Caixin/Markit services Purchasing Managers’ Index for March came in at 54.3, as compared to February’s reading of 51.5.
  • Markets in Hong Kong are closed on Tuesday for a holiday.

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  • .AXJO+63.50 (+0.93%)
  • .NKXQ+235.25 (0.00%)

SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed in Tuesday trade, after major indexes on Wall Street surged to record closing highs overnight stateside.

The Nikkei 225 in Japan slipped 0.99% while the Topix index dipped 1.22%. South Korea’s Kospi edged 0.15% higher.

Mainland Chinese stocks were lower by the afternoon, with the Shanghai composite slipping 0.32% while the Shenzhen component shed 0.488%.

China’s services sector activity grew in March, according to a private sector survey released Tuesday. The Caixin/Markit services Purchasing Managers’ Index for March came in at 54.3, as compared to February’s reading of 51.5.

PMI readings above 50 represent expansion while those below that level signify contraction. PMI readings are sequential and represent month-on-month expansion or contraction.

In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 advanced 0.75%. The Reserve Bank of Australia on Tuesday announced its decision to maintain its policy settings. That included keeping its cash rate at 0.1%, largely in line with expectations of analysts in a Reuters poll.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.37%.

Markets in Hong Kong are closed on Tuesday for a holiday.

TICKER COMPANY NAME PRICE CHANGE %CHANGE 
.N225Nikkei 225 IndexNIKKEI29721.45-367.80-1.22
.HSIHang Seng IndexHSI28938.74560.391.97
.AXJOS&P/ASX 200ASX 2006893.6064.900.95
.SSECShanghaiSHANGHAI3474.80-9.59-0.28
.KS11KOSPI IndexKOSPI3129.528.690.28
.FTFCNBCACNBC 100 ASIA IDXCNBC 10011144.56-2.95-0.03

Overnight on Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 373.98 points record closing high of 33,527.19. The S&P 500 also saw a record close as it rose 1.44% to 4,077.91. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite gained 1.67% to finish its trading day at 13,705.59.

Currencies and oil

The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 92.645 — lower than levels above 93 seen earlier.

The Japanese yen traded at 110.22 per dollar, weaker than levels around 109.5 against the greenback seen last week. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7644 following a bounce yesterday from around $0.76.

Oil prices were higher in the afternoon of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures up 0.84% to $62.67 per barrel. U.S. crude futures gained 1.02% to $59.25 per barrel.

Syed Zaki Hussain

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