• October 21, 2021

Asian markets end mixed

Asian markets ended mixed today, as concerns over China’s property sector and inflation worries offset upbeat US data and positive news on new drugs to fight the coronavirus.

So Japan’s Nikkei-225 index dropped 1.1 percent; South Korea’s Kospi index declined 1.6 percent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index slipped 2.2 percent.

But China’s Shanghai Composite index rose 0.9 percent and Singapore’s Straits Times index climbed 1.3 percent.

In Europe, London’s FTSE-100 had gained 0.1 percent; but France’s CAC-40 and Germany’s DAX had traded flar, in intra-day trade.

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