Stocks in the Asia-Pacific region mostly decreased Friday, Feb. 17.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index
declined 1.3% to 20,719.81, while the Nikkei 225 Index
of Japanese companies weakened 0.7% to 27,513.13.
The Shanghai Composite Index
of Chinese companies fell 0.8% to 3,224.02, while The FTSE Straits Times Index
of Singapore stocks added 0.5% to 3,328.37. South Korea’s KOSPI Composite Index
declined 1.0% to 2,451.21, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Benchmark Index
declined 0.9% to 7,346.80.
Among the Hang Seng Index constituents, internet search engines company Baidu
saw the largest decrease in Hong Kong, as shares weakened 4.6% on Friday.
Shares of building construction firm Longfor Group Holdings
and e-commerce company Xiaomi
weakened 3.5% and 3.3%, respectively.
Shares of aluminum company China Hongqiao Group
saw the largest increase in Hong Kong on Friday, as shares gained 3.6%.
Shares of glass/glass products firm Xinyi Glass Holdings
and pharmacies/drug stores company Alibaba Health Info Tech
increased 2.0% and 1.9%, respectively.
Of the Nikkei 225 Index constituents, e-commerce company Rakuten Group
saw the largest drop Friday, as shares dropped 5.2%
Shares of human resources consulting firm Recruit Holdings
and measuring/precision instruments company Keyence
weakened 4.0% and 2.9%, respectively.
Also in Japan, steel production company Kobe Steel
saw the largest increase Friday, as shares rose 4.8%.
Shares of tires firm Bridgestone
and chemicals company Mitsubishi Chemical Group
gained 4.3% and 3.7%, respectively.