Asian stocks mixed with eye on economic releases

Aug 11, 2021, 11:14 AM | Updated: Aug 12, 2021, 9:46 pm
People walk past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong Friday, A...

People walk past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. Asian stock markets were mixed Friday ahead of more regional economic releases that could hint at how the delta variant is affecting growth. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

              People walk past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. Asian stock markets were mixed Friday ahead of more regional economic releases that could hint at how the delta variant is affecting growth. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
            
              People walk past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. Asian stock markets were mixed Friday ahead of more regional economic releases that could hint at how the delta variant is affecting growth. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
            
              A man walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong  Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. Asian stock markets were mixed Friday ahead of more regional economic releases that could hint at how the delta variant is affecting growth. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
            
              A man walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong  Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. Asian stock markets were mixed Friday ahead of more regional economic releases that could hint at how the delta variant is affecting growth. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
            
              A woman walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong Friday, Aug. 13, 2021.  Asian stock markets were mixed Friday ahead of more regional economic releases that could hint at how the delta variant is affecting growth.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
            
              A woman walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong Friday, Aug. 13, 2021.  Asian stock markets were mixed Friday ahead of more regional economic releases that could hint at how the delta variant is affecting growth.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
            
              A man wearing a face mask is reflected on an electronic foreign currency exchange rates in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. Asian shares were mixed Thursday as caution set in among investors following another wobbly day of trading on Wall Street.  (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
            
              People wearing face masks walk by signs of foreign currency outside a money exchange office at a shopping district in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. Asian shares were mixed Thursday as caution set in among investors following another wobbly day of trading on Wall Street.   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
            
              A woman wearing a face mask is reflected on an electronic foreign currency exchange rates in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. Asian shares were mixed Thursday as caution set in among investors following another wobbly day of trading on Wall Street.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Friday ahead of more regional economic releases that could hint at how the delta variant is affecting growth.

Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 gained 0.1% to 28,042.08. while South Korea’s Kospi slid 1.3% to 3,168.08. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong dropped 0.6% to 26,357.13.

The Shanghai Composite Index shed 0.1% to 3,522.86, while Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 added 0.5% to 7,622.10. New Zealand’s benchmark jumped, while those in Singapore and Indonesia fell.

Japan and Thailand will report their economic growth for the second quarter next week. While traders won’t “pay much attention to this backdated GDP data,” they will watch how the delta variant is hitting the wider growth trajectory, ING analysts said in a report.

China will also release its industrial output and retail sales figures for July. This comes after the country’s services sector was shown to have rebounded ahead of a fresh COVID-19 wave.

“Industrial production will be watched after the July trade data release, which was regarded to be resilient but missed the consensus,” Lewis Cooper of IHS Markit said.

Over on Wall Street on Thursday, gains by technology and health care companies outweighed a pullback elsewhere in the market.

Traders worked through a mixed picture of economic data. The Labor Department said that jobless claims fell to 375,000 from 387,000 the previous week, another sign that the job market is healing from the pandemic.

At the same time, inflation at the wholesale level jumped a higher-than-expected 1% in July, matching the rise from the previous month,

The S&P 500 rose 0.3% to 4,460.83, in its third straight all-time high. Several big technology stocks, including Apple, rose and countered weakness in chipmakers, industrial firms and energy companies.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average added less than 0.1% to 35,499.85. The blue-chip index also set its third record high in three days. The tech-heavy Nasdaq edged up 0.3% to 14,816.26.

In energy markets, benchmark U.S. crude lost 48 cents to $68.61 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, the price standard for international oils, gave up 44 cents to $70.87 per barrel in London.

The dollar retreated to 110.38 yen from Thursday’s 110.42 yen. The euro rose to $1.1740 from $1.1738.

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AP Business Writers Damian J. Troise and Alex Veiga contributed.

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Asian stocks mixed with eye on economic releases