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Japan stocks in negative territory on Friday

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Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index closed down 0.3% on Friday at 22,697.88 as a higher yen dragged on some of the country's big exporters.

Across much of the rest of the region however, markets were in positive territory.

In Australia, the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 closed up 0.4% at 6,285.9, buoyed by big lenders including Westpac and National Australia Bank, which gained 0.7% and 0.6% respectively.

In late afternoon trade, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was up by nearly 0.5%, while the Shanghai Composite was up more than 2%.

Mixed day of trading in Asia

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Markets in Asia were mixed on Wednesday, with some indexes slipping into negative territory in late trade despite a positive lead from Wall Street earlier.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index finished the day up 0.43% to 22,794.19 points as a weaker yen against the dollar gave a boost to some of the country's big exporters.

Toyota finished up 1.36% and Mazda gained 1.41%.

In Australia, the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 finished up 0.67% to 6,245.1 points. Sydney-listed shares of mining giant BHP gained 3.3% after the firm posted a record iron ore output for the 12 months to June.

In South Korea, the Kospi lost 0.34% to finish at 2,290.11. South Korea - which is Asia's fourth-biggest economy - lowered its growth expectations for the year from 3% to 2.9%, citing worries over global trade tensions, among some other issues.

In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index shed 0.2%, while the Shanghai Composite fell 0.4%.

Asian stocks rebound

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Asian stock markets rebounded on Thursday after falling sharply in the previous trading session as the US escalated a trade war with China.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 0.7% to 28,520.64 and the Shanghai Composite was up more than 2% at 2,837.66.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 was up 1.2% and South Korea's Kospi index was 0.2% higher.

Asia stocks slide on US-China trade clash

Stocks slumped in Asia on Wednesday as the trade battle between the US and China further escalated.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 1.8 %to 28,165.28 while the Shanghai Composite was 1.8% lower at 2,777.20.

Japan's Nikkei slid by 1.19%, down 264.68 points, at 21,932.21.

A mostly positive day in Asian trade

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Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.15% on Friday to finish at 22,304.51 points, buoyed in part by a weaker yen.

Electronics giant Sharp saw its Tokyo-listed shares rise as much as 15% after the firm said it would ditch plans to issue some $1.8bn in new shares.

In Australia, the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index lost 0.33% to finish at 6,194.6 points, pulled down by some big healthcare firms and some banks.

In late afternoon trade, South Korea's benchmark Kospi index was in positive territory, up 0.54%, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was up 1.4% and the Shanghai Composite was up 2.11%.

Asian stock markets fall

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Share markets in Asia have fallen after uncertainty over the renewed trade tensions between the US and China.

President Trump warned on Sunday that the US' trading partners could face retaliatory measures if they did not end protectionist barriers.

The warning came as China's central bank said it would cut the amount of cash some banks had to hold in reserve by 50 basis points.

The measure which comes into effect on 5 July, will free up about $108bn for commercial banks to lend to other institutions and boost spending.

The People's Bank of China did not link the move to a potential trade war with the US but some analysts said it would cushion the impact of Trump's tariffs on Chinese goods.

China stocks were the worst hit, despite initial gains at the start of the trading week.

With just an hour before the end of trading, Hong Kong's Hang Seng is down 1.5%, while the Shanghai Composite dropped about 1%.

Markets in Japan and South Korea fared better.

Tokyo's Nikkei 225 closed down 0.8% and Seoul's Kospi slipped 0.1%.

Australia's ASX200 fell 0.2%.

Markets in Japan and Australia only bright spots in Asia

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Markets in Japan and Australia were the only bright spots in trade across much of Asia on Thursday.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 ended the session up 0.61% to 22,693.04 points while Australia's benchmark S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.96% to finish at 6,232.1.

Elsewhere however markets were in negative territory.

South Korea's benchmark Kospi index was down more than 1% in late trade, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was down 1.25% and the Shanghai Composite was down 1.32%.

Japan and Australia stocks positive on Friday

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Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 ended Friday's session up 0.5% to 22,851.75 points and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 index closed up 1.3% to 6,094.

Elsewhere though markets were in negative territory.

South Korea's Kospi was down 0.8% in late afternoon trade, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng was down 0.12%.

On the Chinese mainland in late trade, the Shanghai Composite was down 0.7%.

Asian stocks up after historic Trump-Kim meeting

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Asian stocks were broadly higher after US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-Un met in Singapore for a historic summit.

In response to a question about whether they had reached an agreement on de-nuclearisation, Mr Trump said they will be "starting this process very quickly".

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 closed up 0.33% at 22,878.3 points. In China, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was up 0.4% at 31,186.8.

In Australia, the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index rose 0.15% to 6,054.4, while the South Korea's benchmark Kospi index was down 0.05% at 2,468.8.

Krystal Tan, Asia economist at Capital Economics, said the gains were limited due to a lack of detail. Indeed, Trump and Kim singed a "comprehensive" document - the contents of which are still unkown.

“Generally (the impact) is very small – probably because there is nothing really concrete coming out,” Tan said.

“At best, it’s a bit of a boost to sentiment,” she said, adding that the US Federal Reserve meeting would be a dominant factor for markets this week.

Markets unfazed by G7

So far, it looks like the angry words being exchanged following the G7 have failed to rattle the markets.

In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 share index is up 0.6% while the Hang Seng index in Hong Kong is 0.3% higher.