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Asia stocks mixed as trading in 2022 kicks off; Evergrande shares halted

Eustance Huang, CNBC
KEY POINTS
  • Shares in Asia were mixed in the first trading day of 2022.
  • Trading in the shares and structured products of debt-ridden Chinese developer China Evergrande Group was halted in Hong Kong on Monday, according to an exchange notice. No immediate reason was given for the halt.
  • Markets in Australia, mainland China and Japan are closed on Monday for a holiday.

China property developer Evergrande has $148 million in coupons payment due  today

SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia were mixed on Monday as trading in 2022 kicked off, with some major markets in the region closed.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index shed earlier gains and fell into negative territory, declining 0.62% by the afternoon.

Trading in the shares and structured products of debt-ridden Chinese developer China Evergrande Group was halted in Hong Kong on Monday, according to an exchange notice. No immediate reason was given for the halt.

Hong Kong-listed shares of Evergrande-related firms were mixed. China Evergrande New Energy Vehicle Group soared 9.09% while Evergrande Property Services slipped 0.38%.

Other property stocks in Hong Kong also declined, with shares of Country Garden falling 2.02% while Sunac plunged 8.32%. The Hang Seng Properties index traded 0.57% lower.

Meanwhile, shares of Chinese artificial intelligence firm Sensetime soared 27.27%, days after seeing a strong debut in Hong Kong last week.

Elsewhere, South Korea’s Kospi gained 0.21% while the Taiex in Taiwan advanced 0.13%.

 

Over in Southeast Asia, the Straits Times index climbed 0.27%.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped 0.13%.

Markets in Australia, mainland China and Japan are closed on Monday for a holiday.

Currencies and oil

The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 95.864 after recently falling from above 95.7.

 
TICKER  COMPANY  NAME  PRICE  CHANGE  %CHANGE 
.N225 Nikkei 225 Index *NIKKEI 28791.71 -115.17 -0.4
.HSI Hang Seng Index *HSI 23254.4 -143.27 -0.61
.AXJO S&P/ASX 200 *ASX 200 7444.6 -68.8 -0.92
.SSEC Shanghai *SHANGHAI 3639.78 20.59 0.57
.KS11 KOSPI Index *KOSPI 2988.77 11.12 0.37
.FTFCNBCA CNBC 100 ASIA IDX *CNBC 100 9955.58 -3.39 -0.03

The Japanese yen traded at 115.28 per dollar, weaker than levels below 114.6 seen against the greenback last week. The Australian dollar was at $0.725, still above levels below $0.722 seen in the previous trading week.

Oil prices were higher in the afternoon of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures up 0.75% to $78.36 per barrel. U.S. crude futures gained 0.8% to $75.81 per barrel.

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