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Asian stocks mostly higher; SMIC's Hong Kong-listed shares plunge after U.S. blacklist
Published in Amwal Al Ghad on 05 - 12 - 2020

Asia-Pacific stocks were mostly higher in Friday trade despite the Pentagon decision added more Chinese firms to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies.
Mainland Chinese stocks closed higher even though they saw losses during the trading day.
The Shanghai composite is up slightly and closed at 3,444.58 while the Shenzhen component advanced 0.4 percent to end the day at 14,026.66. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index finished its trading day 0.4 percent higher at 26,835.92.
Chinas largest chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp and oil producer CNOOC were among firms added to the blacklist.
Hong Kong-listed shares of SMIC plunged 5.41 percent on Friday after an earlier suspension. CNOOC, or China National Offshore Oil Corp., also saw its Hong Kong-listed stock fall 3.9 percent.
Elsewhere in Asia, South Korea's Kospi led gains among the region's major markets and jumped 1.31percent to close at 2,731.45.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 slipped 0.22 percent to close at 26,751.24 while the Topix finished its trading day slightly higher at 1,775.94.
Shares in Australia edged higher on the day, and the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.28 percent to 6,634.10.
Australia's retail turnover rose 1.4 percent month-on-month in October on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to figures from the country's Bureau of Statistics.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.79 percent.

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