Asian markets traded mixed Tuesday following a lack of definitive cues overnight on Wall Street.
Data earlier today showed Japan’s corporate services price index rose less-than-expected last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 0.8% from 0.7% in September.
The yen strengthened after the Bank of Japan minutes showed the board kept the bank’s policy target unchanged by a unanimous vote.
Elsewhere in the region, data showed industrial production in Singapore fell more than expected in October.
Stocks on the Move
Exporters that had gained in the previous session were on the losing side. Panasonic was down 0.7% while Sony gave up 1.9%. Olympus fell 1%.
Fujifilm Holdings surged 4.6% on a Nikkei newspaper report the company will create cancer treatments jointly with one of the world’s leading cancer hospitals, MD Anderson Cancer Center in the U.S.
Sinopec extended losses in Hong Kong, down a further 2.8% after reports seven of the company’s employees had been detained by authorities following the pipeline blast that killed about 55 people last week.
Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group was flat ahead of its results announcement.
Stocks in Mumbai were lower after strong gains Monday. The top loser on the Sensex was ITC, down 1.6%, followed by Tata Motors, down 1.4%, and Tat Steel, down 1.3%.
BHEL surged 3.3%.
BlueScope Steel fell 3.3% in Sydney. Gold digger Newcrest Mining lost 1.2% while index leader BHP Billiton edged up 0.2%.
Banks were all higher with CBA and WBC both up 1.2% each, respectively.