- Asia-Pacific stocks declined in Thursday morning trade following a jump in oil prices on Wednesday.
- Shares of Chinese tech giant Tencent dropped 3.03% in Hong Kong after the firm on Wednesday posted its slowest revenue growth on record.
- In the morning of Asia trading hours on Thursday, international benchmark Brent crude futures rose 1.36% to $123.25 per barrel, still much higher than levels below $112 seen earlier in the week.
SINGAPORE — Chinese shares slipped, following other markets in Asia-Pacific on Thursday, as oil prices jumped around 5% on Wednesday.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell 0.88% in morning trade.
Shares of Chinese tech giant Tencent dropped 3.03% in Hong Kong after the firm on Wednesday posted its slowest revenue growth on record. Tencent also said it is ‘exploring’ a financial holding company for WeChat Pay if required by Chinese regulators.
Other Chinese tech stocks in Hong Kong also declined, with Alibaba down 2.04% and NetEase slipping 1.06%.
In mainland China, the Shanghai composite declined 0.8% while the Shenzhen component shed 1.465%.
The Nikkei 225 in Japan declined 1.1%, shedding some of its 3% jump from Wednesday. The Topix index fell 0.94%.
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South Korea’s Kospi slipped 0.76%. In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 outperformed the broader region as it sat fractionally higher.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan traded 0.62% lower.
Oil prices rise more than 1%
Investors monitored oil moves after prices rose on Wednesday.
In the morning of Asia trading hours on Thursday, international benchmark Brent crude futures rose 1.53% to $123.46 per barrel, still much higher than levels below $112 seen earlier in the week.
U.S. crude futures climbed 1.2% to $116.31 per barrel.
Oil prices have been volatile for weeks since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as investors assess the war’s impact on oil supply along with other concerns such as a Covid outbreak in China.
The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 98.779 — still above the 98.4 level that is was below earlier this week.
The Japanese yen traded at 121.19 per dollar, weaker as compared with levels below 119.7 seen against the greenback earlier in the week. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7494, having risen from below $0.74 earlier this week.
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|.HSI||Hang Seng Index||*HSI||22053.97||-100.11||-0.45|
|.AXJO||S&P/ASX 200||*ASX 200||7384||6.1||0.08|
|.FTFCNBCA||CNBC 100 ASIA IDX||*CNBC 100||9287.44||-61.14||-0.65|
Source : CNBC