Asian Markets Overview of March 19, 2010: Toho Zinc (TYO:5707) To Double Stake in CBH Resources (ASX:CBH)
Wall Street overnight gained for an eighth consecutive session with a low trading volume. Thursday US weekly jobless claims data and core consumer prices in February provided mild support for the market. Most Asian markets declined yesterday. Japanese exporters were hurt by the weakness in euro against yen. Nikkei 225 lost nearly 1.0 per cent, and South Korea's Kospi dropped 0.5 per cent. Hong Kong and mainland China markets gave up their early gains to close lower on Thursday on renewed fears that China might take further measure to control the pace of bank lending. Shanghai composite closed down 0.14 percent, while Hang Seng Index fell 0.25 percent.