Asian Shares Down; Japan Finance Stocks Boost Nikkei – WSJ

Japan’s Nikkei was a standout performer Friday during a muted trade event in Asian equities, with gains in tellurian bond yields lifting shares of Japanese financial firms.

The Nikkei Stock Average finished adult 0.6%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index was off 0.8%, Korea’s Kospi fell 0.2% and Australia’s SP/ASX 200 declined 0.2%.

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