4/23, 7:38 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Asian markets mixed on virus concerns

Asian markets traded mixed on Friday with Japanese stocks dropping ahead of a new lockdown in the capital of Tokyo. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is set to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo and the prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo amid a rise in new infection numbers.

On the data front, Japan’s core consumer prices dipped 0.1% in March on an annual basis.

The Nikkei 225 sank 0.80% at 7:30 am CET, while the Korean Kospi Composite rose 0.26%. At the same time, the Shanghai Composite declined 0.16% as the Shenzhen Composite advanced 0.53%. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng jumped 0.58%. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.16% in Syndey. The dollar was down 0.08% against the Japanese yen at 7:35 am CET, going for ¥107.878.

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