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Miners push higher in upbeat Asia trading
Commodity stocks fueled gains on Australia’s market, after BHP Billiton posted a $5.89 bn (£4.56bn) annual net profit and said it would exit its US shale business.
BHP shares added 1.1% in Sydney trading, and Oil Search rallied 3.3% as investors welcomed its first-half profit report.
Elsewhere in Asia, Hong Kong and South Korea markets advanced, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 edged lower.
Fortescue Metals stock surges on bumper profit
Shares in Fortescue Metals rallied in Australian trading after the iron ore miner more than doubled its annual profit.
The firm said higher prices and lower operating costs helped seal a $2.1bn (£1.6 bn) annual profit and announced a record dividend, sending shares up 6.5%.
The miner also signaled that it will diversify away from its core market of Chinese buyers, to sell iron ore to emerging Asian countries and Europe.
Lenovo stock skids in soggy Asian session
Shares in Lenovo slumped Friday as investors reacted to a surprise loss from the computer maker.
The Chinese firm posted its first quarterly loss in nearly two years and warned component shortages would push costs higher.
The company, which recently passed its crown as the world’s largest PC maker to HP, lost $72m in the first quarter. That compares to a profit of $173m for the same period last year.
Shares tumbled 3.6% in Hong Kong trading while the broader Hang Seng index traded down around 1%.
The losses spread across Asia, with falls for major indices in Japan, South Korea and Australia.
Australian shares lower as Telstra slashes dividends
Australia's largest telecommunications company Telstra weighed down the Australian market on Thursday with the company falling to a five-year low and slashing its dividend by 30%.
Australian shares headed slightly lower after losing early momentum, while South Korea's Kospi and China's mainland markets headed higher.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng headed lower and Japan's Nikkei slipped too, weighed down by a stronger yen and shrugging off positive export figures.
Cathay Pacific posts big loss
Asia business reporter
Cathay Pacific has posted a big loss for the first half of 2017 as passengers opted for mainland Chinese competitors and higher fuel costs took their toll.
The Hong Kong-based airline lost HK$2.05bn ($262m; £203m) in the six months to June, compared with a HK$353m profit a year earlier.
The figures were due out earlier today but did not emerge until after markets closed.
It follows a mixed session for Asian markets. Japan’s Nikkei 225 edged down, while South Korea’s Kospi and Australia’s ASX 200 notched modest gains.
Asian markets breathe sigh of relief over Korea
Asian markets headed higher on Tuesday, as investors breathed a collective sigh of relief that tensions between the US and North Korea didn't worsen over the weekend.
South Korea's Kospi closed up 0.6% and the won rebounded from a one-month low, while Japan's Nikkei surged more than 1%.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng also edged higher, as did the major mainland indexes, apparently unfazed by US President Donald Trump's decision to order a inquiry into China's intellectual property practices.
Asian shares head higher, despite poor China data
Asian shares snapped a three-day losing streak on Monday, as investors shrugged off softer than expected Chinese economic data and continued tensions on the Korean peninsula.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng and the major mainland indexes all tracked higher, despite disappointing factory output data, as well as poor investment and retail sales numbers.
Japan's Nikkei bucked the trend, falling about 1% as a stronger yen overshadowed much better-than-expected second quarter economic growth.
Asia markets slump as global tensions weigh
Stocks in Asia joined a global slide on Friday as simmering tensions between the US and North Korea sapped investor appetite for risk.
South Korea's Kospi index dropped 1.8%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng traded 1.6% lower and Australia's ASX 200 shed 1.3%. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday.
The falls across Asia track widespread losses on Wall Street amid escalating rhetoric between Pyongyang and Washington.
Many markets are trading at record or multi-year highs, as strong corporate earnings fuelled optimism, leaving them vulnerable to selling pressure.
Wanda Hotel shares jump on restructure plans
Shares in Wanda Hotel, a Hong Kong-listed arm of Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda, surged more than 20% Thursday after announcing plans to take over the group's theme park business.
The Hang Seng nevertheless closed slightly lower, as did many of the region's indexes, as investors worried about tensions between the US and North Korea.
South Korea's Kospi slumped 0.4% to a seven-week low, while the won currency fell to its weakest position in a month.
Singapore's Straits Times Index was the lone exception,pushed 0.8% higher by financials and industrial stocks.
Toshiba stock jumps as delisting fears ease
Shares in Toshiba jumped 9% early Wednesday on expectations it will meet a deadline to deliver its long-awaited earnings report to regulators.
The embattled electronics firm is due to submit financial statements on Thursday, and local media reported it would get partial sign-off from auditors needed on the accounts.
That would reduce the risk of the firm being delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
The moves come in a dreary session for Japanese stocks, with the Nikkei 225 index down 1.5%.