SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed in Friday morning trade as investors react to mixed U.S. economic data released overnight.
In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.38%.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan traded 0.13% lower.
Investors will watch market moves in Hong Kong. The benchmark Hang Seng index has dropped nearly 6% so far this week amid regulatory concerns surrounding sectors such as technology and casinos.
Overnight stateside, the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 63.07 points to 34,751.32 while the S&P 500 dipped around 0.16% to 4,473.75. The Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.13% to 15,181.92.
The moves on Wall Street came after the Census Bureau reported Thursday that August’s retail sales increased 0.7% for the month against the Dow Jones estimate of a decline of 0.8%. The initial estimate for July, however, was revised down to a decline of nearly 2% from a month-over-month gain of 0.5%.
Meanwhile, the latest unemployment insurance weekly data showed 332,000 first-time jobless claims last week, higher than the Dow Jones estimate of 320,000.
The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers was at 92.871 following a recent jump from below 92.6.
The Japanese yen traded at 109.66 per dollar, stronger than levels above 110 seen against the greenback earlier this week. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7291, struggling to recover after slipping from above $0.735 earlier in the week.
Oil prices were mildly lower in the morning of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures sitting below the flatline, trading at $75.64 per barrel. U.S. crude futures shed about 0.1% to $72.56 per barrel.