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Asian stocks mostly pulled back Wednesday, pausing from a rally in equities this month.

Taiwan’s Taiex Y9999, -0.90%   led the declines in the region, falling 1%, after recording its second eight-session winning streak in the past month on Tuesday. Taiwan Semiconductor 2330, -3.01%   — which had risen 13% over the past eight days, helped by upbeat fourth-quarter results — was down 3.3%, as was smartphone-lens maker Largan Precision 3008, -4.41%  .

Hong Kong peer Sunny Optical 2382, +2.29%  , though, continued to outperform Largan and was recently up 2.5%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index HSI, +0.08%   declined 0.4%, after rising 5.1% over six days and hitting several record highs.

Japan’s Nikkei NIK, -0.76% was recently down 0.8% after its latest 26-year high Tuesday, held back by the dollar’s declines.

The Wall Street Journal Dollar Index hit a fresh three-year low on Wednesday, and was recently down 0.3%.

The dollar JPYUSD, +0.633142%   fell to ¥109.80, hitting a four-month low, versus ¥110.84 when Japan stock trading ended Tuesday. Export stocks were weak, as is often the case when the yen strengthens.

Japanese banks also fell as U.S. Treasury prices rebounded after weeks of steady declines. When bond prices rise, their yields fall, and that tends to hurt banks’ earnings.

A weaker dollar can make U.S. products more attractive to overseas customers and international ones less so to U.S. buyers as their price goes up. That development comes amid broader trade efforts by the Trump administration, highlighted by Monday’s move on largely Asian solar panels and washing machines.

New Zealand and Australian equities were the rare bright spot Wednesday in the Asia-Pacific region, with the NZX-50 NZ50GR, +0.20%   closing 0.2% higher and Australia’s benchmark XJO, +0.29%  ecently up 0.4%.

Source:marketwatch.com

Asian stocks mostly pulled back Wednesday, pausing from a rally in equities this month.

Taiwan’s Taiex Y9999, -0.90%   led the declines in the region, falling 1%, after recording its second eight-session winning streak in the past month on Tuesday. Taiwan Semiconductor 2330, -3.01%   — which had risen 13% over the past eight days, helped by upbeat fourth-quarter results — was down 3.3%, as was smartphone-lens maker Largan Precision 3008, -4.41%  .

Hong Kong peer Sunny Optical 2382, +2.29%  , though, continued to outperform Largan and was recently up 2.5%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index HSI, +0.08%   declined 0.4%, after rising 5.1% over six days and hitting several record highs.

Japan’s Nikkei NIK, -0.76% was recently down 0.8% after its latest 26-year high Tuesday, held back by the dollar’s declines.

The Wall Street Journal Dollar Index hit a fresh three-year low on Wednesday, and was recently down 0.3%.

The dollar JPYUSD, +0.633142%   fell to ¥109.80, hitting a four-month low, versus ¥110.84 when Japan stock trading ended Tuesday. Export stocks were weak, as is often the case when the yen strengthens.

Japanese banks also fell as U.S. Treasury prices rebounded after weeks of steady declines. When bond prices rise, their yields fall, and that tends to hurt banks’ earnings.

A weaker dollar can make U.S. products more attractive to overseas customers and international ones less so to U.S. buyers as their price goes up. That development comes amid broader trade efforts by the Trump administration, highlighted by Monday’s move on largely Asian solar panels and washing machines.

New Zealand and Australian equities were the rare bright spot Wednesday in the Asia-Pacific region, with the NZX-50 NZ50GR, +0.20%   closing 0.2% higher and Australia’s benchmark XJO, +0.29%  ecently up 0.4%.

Source:marketwatch.com

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