SINGAPORE — Stocks in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Wednesday, with multiple markets in Southeast Asia closed for a holiday.

The Nikkei 225 in Japan rose 0.31% on the day to 28,642.19 while the Topix index ended the trading day fractionally higher at 1,920.67. South Korea’s Kospi dipped around 0.1% to close at 3,168.43.

Mainland Chinese stocks closed mixed, with the Shanghai composite up 0.34% to 3,593.36 while the Shenzhen component dipped 0.355% to 14,793.68. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose around 0.8%, as of its final hour of trading.

The S&P/ASX 200 in Australia shed 0.32% to close at 7,092.50.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan nudged 0.38% higher.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand announced Wednesday it would maintain the current stimulatory monetary settings until its inflation and employment targets are met. Following that announcement, the New Zealand dollar jumped more than 1% to $0.7309, strengthening further from levels below $0.72 seen earlier this week.

In Southeast Asia, markets in Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand were closed for a holiday on Wednesday.

TICKER COMPANY NAME PRICE CHANGE %CHANGE
.N225 Nikkei 225 Index NIKKEI 28419.89 -222.30 -0.78
.HSI Hang Seng Index HSI 29099.78 -66.23 -0.23
.AXJO S&P/ASX 200 ASX 200 7090.20 -2.30 -0.03
.SSEC Shanghai SHANGHAI 3589.86 -3.50 -0.10
.KS11 KOSPI Index KOSPI 3149.22 -19.21 -0.61
.FTFCNBCA CNBC 100 ASIA IDX CNBC 100 10903.25 -86.27 -0.79

Currencies and oil

The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 89.751 — weaker as compared to levels above 89.7 seen recently.

The Japanese yen traded at 108.83 per dollar after touching levels around 108.6 against the greenback yesterday. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7777, stronger than levels below $0.772 seen earlier in the week.

Oil prices were higher in the afternoon of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures rising 0.7% to $69.13 per barrel. U.S. crude futures gained 0.42% to $66.35 per barrel.

SOURCE : https://www.cnbc.com/2021/05/26/asia-markets-indonesia-singapore-thailand-closed-currencies-oil.html