Asian stocks sagged Wednesday as pessimism about global growth spread following a decline on Wall Street overnight and a strengthening yen, which dampened prospects for export-oriented Japan.
Here are the latest trading levels for Asia's major stock markets: Tokyo (Nikkei Average) down 1.5% (at break) ; Hong Kong (Hang Seng Index) down 0.8% ; Shanghai (Shanghai Composite Index) down 0.1% ; Sydney (S&P/ASX 200) down 0.8% ; Seoul (Kospi) flat Taipei (Taiex) down 0.3% Copyright © 2014 MarketWatch, Inc.
Hong Kong stocks opened significantly lower Wednesday morning after a sell-off in U.S. markets overnight, as the Hang Seng Index dropped 0.8%.
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Japanese stocks traded at a significant discount in early Wednesday action, with the Nikkei Average losing 1.4%, and the broader Topix down 1.6%.
Australian stocks went from weak to weaker in early Wednesday trading, with the S&P/ASX 200 falling 1.2% after the previous session's 0.2% dip, plumbing lows not seen since February.
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Shares of some top banks companies were down at the close of trading: Bank of America Corp. fell $.41 or 2.4 percent, to $16.88.
Shares of some top big-box retail companies were down at the close of trading: Costco Wholesale Corp. fell $.94 or .7 percent, to $125.27.