Stocks in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Tuesday after major indexes on Wall Street rose to record closing highs stateside.
Japanese stocks led gains regionally as the Nikkei 225 jumped 1.77% to close at 29,106.01 while the Topix index gained 1.15% to 2,018.40.
South Korea’s Kospi advanced 0.94%, closing at 3,049.08. South Korea’s gross domestic product grew 0.3% on a seasonally adjusted basis in the third quarter of 2021 as compared with the previous quarter, data showed Tuesday. That was lower than a median 0.6% growth expected in a Reuters survey.
Mainland Chinese stocks closed lower as the Shanghai composite slipped 0.34% to 3,597.64 while the Shenzhen component shed 0.363% to 2,424.39. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index shed 0.36% to close at 26,038.27.
In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 rose slightly to close at 7,443.40 while the MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan climbed 0.16%.
Real estate stocks in Hong Kong declined in Tuesday trade amid fears that Beijing could tax property owners.
Shares of debt-ridden developer China Evergrande Group plunged 4.12% while China Vanke fell 4.66% and Country Garden dropped 4.3%. The Hang Seng Properties index slipped 1.61% to 31,148.49.
Those losses came after China’s top executive body was authorized over the weekend to conduct a property tax test for five years in unspecified regions.
Shares of electric vehicle battery makers in Asia-Pacific soared on Tuesday after car rental firm Hertz announced it will be ordering 100,000 vehicles from Tesla by the end of 2022.
In Japan, Panasonic shares jumped 5.64%. South Korea’s LG Chem, the owner of electric battery maker LG Energy Solution, gained 1.1%. Over in mainland China, however, shares of Contemporary Amperex Technology fell 2.092% after earlier surging more than 4%.
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The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 93.936 after a recent jump from below 93.6.
The Japanese yen traded at 114.01 per dollar, weaker than levels around 113.7 seen earlier against the greenback. The Australian dollar was at $0.7496, against an earlier low of $0.7482.
Oil prices were lower in the afternoon of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures slipping 0.23% to $85.79 per barrel. U.S. crude futures declined 0.3% to $83.51 per barrel