Asian shares mixed at start of new year
HONG KONG (AFP) - Asian share markets began the new year mixed on Thursday, with another record-breaking close on Wall Street offset by a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing growth.
Trading across the region was quiet after the break. The dollar held on to its recent gains against the yen, sitting just below five-year highs.
Sydney added 0.29 per cent, or 15.7 points, to 5,367.9 while Seoul tumbled 2.20 per cent, or 44.15 points, to close at 1,967.19.
Shanghai lost 0.31 per cent, or 6.59 points, to 2,109.39 and Hong Kong added 0.14 per cent, or 33.66 points, to 23,340.05.