Asian shares slip as US-China drone row drags on sentiment

epa05027716 Stock investors watch stock prices in front of an electronic screen showing the stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, China, 16 November 2015. Stocks across Asia were down Monday in the first day of trading after the Paris terrorist attacks which left about 130 people dead. The Shanghai composite index opened down at 3,522.46 and closed at 3606.96, rose 0.73 percent. The Shenzhen composite index opened down at 12,180.99 and closed at 12,620.38, rose 1.76 percent. EPA/WU HONG



Most Asian stock benchmarks lost ground on Monday as investors fretted over the potential political and economic fallout from China’s capture of a US underwater glider. Worries over China’s effort to stem outflows of capital also overshadowed the Hong Kong market following an economic work conference in Beijing late last week.
KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index slipped 0.2 percent to 19,357.67 while South Korea’s Kospi edged 0.1 percent lower to 2,040.99. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 0.9 percent to 21,832.85 and the Shanghai Composite index dipped 0.2 percent to 3,116.63. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.7 percent to 5,572.60.
DRONE DISPUTE: China’s seizure of a US Navy unmanned underwater glider is one of the most serious incidents between the American and Chinese militaries in years. China says it will return the device but President-elect Donald Trump tweeted China can keep it. The incident in the busy, dispute South China Sea is making investors nervous as markets approach a week of holiday-thinned trading.
ANALYST INSIGHT: “While China has stated that it will return the drone, the repercussions are difficult to estimate with US-China tensions likely to simmer even after an eventual return,” said Chiang Wei-liang, a strategist at Mizuho Bank in Singapore. “While we expected reduced trading and thin markets heading into Christmas holidays, markets will still be wary of any potential escalation into punitive trade actions.”
JAPAN POLICY: Investors are sitting tight as they watch for the outcome of the Bank of Japan’s final monetary policy meeting of the year, which wraps up on Tuesday. Central bankers may revise their outlook for Asia’s second biggest economy based on recent data, including import and export figures released Monday that showed a surplus for the third month in a row.
DEFICIT DOWN UNDER: New government forecasts show a bigger Australian budget deficit than expected as growth in the resources-driven economy slows to 2 percent, more than previously forecast, as the China-powered mining boom falters. However, that means policymakers are under no pressure to follow the Fed’s lead and tighten up
on monetary policy, which could derail the stock market.
WALL STREET: Major US benchmarks ended lower on Friday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 0.2 percent to 2,258.07. The Dow Jones industrial average fell less than
0.1 percent to 19,843.41. The Nasdaq
composite fell 0.4 percent to 5,437.16. The three indexes all remain within 1 percent of their record highs.
ENERGY: Crude oil rose 47 cents to $52.37 a barren in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $1 to settle at $51.90 a barrel on Friday. Brent crude, the international standard, rose 42 cents to $55.63 a barrel in London.
CURRENCIES: The dollar eased to 117.57 yen from 117.91 yen in Friday’s trading. The euro rose to $1.0456 from $1.0452.

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