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Asian stocks were largely lower Tuesday, though Hong Kong equities rebounded from early weakness following the Lunar New Year holiday.

The Hang Seng Index HSI, -0.78%  slipped 0.3%, after earlier dropping as much as 1.3% when big financial stocks, particularly China-based companies, experienced weakness. Index heavyweights Tencent 0700, -0.27%  and HSBC HSBC, +0.15%  each rose nearly 1%.

While stock trading might have only resumed Tuesday in Hong Kong’s market after the holiday, other Asian equities saw broad declines following wide gains Monday.

The drop came as European stocks pulled back overnight and S&P 500 futuresESH8, -0.44%  were recently down 0.2% ahead of Tuesday’s start to a holiday-shortened week in the U.S.

The Nikkei Stock Average NIK, -1.01%  — the Asia-Pacific region’s best performer Monday with its jump of 2% — fared the worst Tuesday in trading down 1% in afternoon action. Electronics and financial stocks were weak.

The selling came even as the yen USDJPY, +0.46%  widely eased slightly versus other currencies. Against the dollar, it was around ¥106.86 versus ¥106.49 at Monday’s Tokyo stock-market close.

In South Korea, the Kospi index SEU, -1.13%  slid 1.2%. Samsung Electronics005930, -2.03%  fell 1.5%, extending Monday’s 1.3% decline. Shares jumped 9.6% last week, the most in 2 ½ years.

Other major regional stock benchmarks were down no more than 0.3% Tuesday. Markets in Taiwan will reopen Wednesday after a week-long holiday break.

Away from equities, Brent oil futures LCOJ8, -0.53%  eased 0.4% in Asian trading after Monday’s 1.3% gain. And bitcoin BTCUSD, +2.12%  has risen to about $11,400, according to CoinDesk, as it continued to rebound from early February’s low of $5,947.

Source:marketwatch.com

Asian stocks were largely lower Tuesday, though Hong Kong equities rebounded from early weakness following the Lunar New Year holiday.

The Hang Seng Index HSI, -0.78%  slipped 0.3%, after earlier dropping as much as 1.3% when big financial stocks, particularly China-based companies, experienced weakness. Index heavyweights Tencent 0700, -0.27%  and HSBC HSBC, +0.15%  each rose nearly 1%.

While stock trading might have only resumed Tuesday in Hong Kong’s market after the holiday, other Asian equities saw broad declines following wide gains Monday.

The drop came as European stocks pulled back overnight and S&P 500 futuresESH8, -0.44%  were recently down 0.2% ahead of Tuesday’s start to a holiday-shortened week in the U.S.

The Nikkei Stock Average NIK, -1.01%  — the Asia-Pacific region’s best performer Monday with its jump of 2% — fared the worst Tuesday in trading down 1% in afternoon action. Electronics and financial stocks were weak.

The selling came even as the yen USDJPY, +0.46%  widely eased slightly versus other currencies. Against the dollar, it was around ¥106.86 versus ¥106.49 at Monday’s Tokyo stock-market close.

In South Korea, the Kospi index SEU, -1.13%  slid 1.2%. Samsung Electronics005930, -2.03%  fell 1.5%, extending Monday’s 1.3% decline. Shares jumped 9.6% last week, the most in 2 ½ years.

Other major regional stock benchmarks were down no more than 0.3% Tuesday. Markets in Taiwan will reopen Wednesday after a week-long holiday break.

Away from equities, Brent oil futures LCOJ8, -0.53%  eased 0.4% in Asian trading after Monday’s 1.3% gain. And bitcoin BTCUSD, +2.12%  has risen to about $11,400, according to CoinDesk, as it continued to rebound from early February’s low of $5,947.

Source:marketwatch.com

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