October 20, 2021
Markets

Asian markets mixed as COVID weighs on investor sentiment

Asian shares were mixed on Friday after a hodge-podge of economic data led Wall Street to close mostly lower.

Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index
NIK,
+0.53%

added 0.5%. The Hang Seng
HSI,
+0.53%

in Hong Kong rebounded from losses earlier in the week to gain 0.4%. The Kospi
180721,
+0.19%

in Seoul edged 0.1% higher.

The Shanghai Composite index
SHCOMP,
-0.58%

lost 0.6%, while the S&P/ASX 200
XJO,
-1.07%

in Sydney declined 0.7%. Stocks gained in Taiwan
Y9999,
+0.50%
,
while benchmark indexes in Singapore
STI,
-0.11%

and Indonesia
JAKIDX,
-0.18%

were little changed.

Across the region, concerns over prolonged outbreak of coronavirus have weighed on sentiment.

“Overall,…

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