Asian shares little changed after softer China data

| Updated: October 22, 2017 12:53:56

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Asian stocks were little changed on Thursday after data showed retail sales and industrial output growth slowed in China.


Japan's Nikkei 225 was up less than 0.1 per cent to 19,873.62 and South Korea's Kospi added 0.1 per cent to 2,361.31. China's Shanghai Composite Index lost less than 0.1 per cent to 3,382.00.


Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 0.3 per cent to 27,816.83. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 was down 0.3 per cent to 5,730.10. Stocks in Southeast Asia were mixed, reports AP.


US stock indexes finished with tiny gains Wednesday. The S&P 500 index added 0.1 per cent to 2,498.37. The Dow Jones industrial average picked up 0.2 per cent to 22,158.18.


The Nasdaq composite rose 0.1 per cent to 6,460.19. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gained 0.2 per cent to 1,426.89.


Benchmark US crude lost 7 cents to $49.23 per barrel in New York. The contract rose $1.07, or 2.2 per cent, to close at $49.30 a barrel on Wednesday.


Brent crude, used to price international oils, fell 15 cents to $55.01 per barrel in London. It added 89 cents, or 1.6 per cent, to finish at $55.16 a barrel in the previous session.


The dollar fell to 110.47 yen from 110.49 yen. The euro fell to $1.1879 from $1.1884.

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