The Australian S&P/ASX 200 grew by 0.08%, reaching 5246,9 item, Korean KOSPI – on 0,06%, to 1989,7 item. The Japanese Nikkei 225 fell 0.44% to 19771,59 item.
MOSCOW, 20 Nov. Stock markets in the Asia-Pacific region (APR) on Friday slightly slowed growth amid a stronger yen caused by the publication of the October meeting minutes of the U.S. Federal reserve, according to data exchanges.
As at 08.17 GMT the Australian S&P/ASX 200 grew by 0.08%, reaching 5246,9 item. Korean KOSPI rose by 0.06%, reaching 1989,7 item. The Japanese Nikkei 225 fell 0.44% to 19771,59 item.
Us stock markets at the end of Thursday fell slightly amid published on the eve of the October meeting minutes by the fed, caused the concern of investors regarding the speed of a possible interest rate increase in the future. This influenced the weakening of the dollar and the yen affect the Japanese markets.
“The Nikkei index fully reflects the movement in the yen this week, so a small increase in the yen, which we watched at night, I think, slightly spoiled the mood of the market”, — commented to Reuters Director of sales of shares of Credit Suisse in Tokyo Worrall Stefan (Stefan Worrall).
The index of Shanghai stock exchange Shanghai Composite grew 0.17% to 3623,82 points, while the index of Shenzhen stock exchange Shenzhen Composite index rose 0.81% to 2275,48 item. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index declined by 0.21% to 22457,66 item.
A positive factor affecting investor sentiment were the statements of the people’s Bank of China on Thursday, which intends to lower the cost of short-term loans to small banks, which is one of the steps to prevent fluctuations in the money market.