Asian shares trade mixed with data in focus

Thursday, 14. January 2021 07:32

Shares on major stock markets in the Asia-Pacific region were mixed on Thursday as data signaled that the economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis could be faster than initially anticipated.

The Chinese General Administration of Customs unveiled that the country's trade surplus widened by $2.7 billion to $78.1 billion in December, beating analysts' estimates. Meanwhile, Japan's producer prices grew by 0.5% month-over-month in the same period to meet expectations.

The Nikkei 225 finished the session jumping 0.85% to hit another record high at the close, the S&P/ASX 200 ended trading 0.43% higher, while the Kospi was down by 0.06% at the closing bell. The Hang Seng gained 0.43% at 7:30 am CET, while the Shenzhen Composite and the Shanghai Composite dropped 1.95% and 0.95% at the same time, respectively. The dollar strengthened 0.17% to go for $104.0515 a minute earlier.

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