Asian shares mixed in muted trade after Wall Street rally

GMT 04:01 2015 Thursday ,13 August

Arab Today, arab today Asian shares mixed in muted trade after Wall Street rally

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Asian shares were mixed Thursday, as an afternoon rally on Wall Street gave investors room to breathe after concerns about China's economy jolted global financial markets.

The dollar inched higher, after taking a knock in New York from speculation the US Federal Reserve will delay hiking interest rates following China's devaluation of the yuan.

Tokyo opened flat, easing 0.23 points, Sydney added 0.57 percent and Seoul dipped 0.1 percent after the South Korean central bank left its key rate at a record low.

Hong Kong added 0.60 percent and Shanghai rose 0.19 percent in early deals.

China cut the rate of the yuan against the dollar for the third consecutive day Thursday, reducing the reference rate by 1.1 percent from the previous session.

The reduction comes after two previous cuts, on Tuesday and Wednesday, sparked concerns that China's economy, long an engine for world growth, is weaker than previously thought.  

The move fanned fears the Chinese currency could be set for a prolonged depreciation and send shockwaves reverberating through global financial markets.

Commodities along with stocks in Europe and Asia fell, safe-havens gold and bonds rose and currencies in Asia-Pacific suffered their worst two-day selloff since 1998.

But an afternoon comeback on Wall Street, led by Apple and energy stocks, and news China's central bank had intervened to stop the yuan tanking on Wednesday cheered dealers.

The intervention "is a hopeful sign that the authorities are not shooting for a maxi-devaluation," Tim Condon, head of Asian research at ING in Singapore, told Bloomberg News.

In Tokyo forex trade, the dollar fetched 124.30 yen early Thursday against 124.24 yen in New York late Wednesday.

The euro exchanged hands at $1.1156 and 138.67 yen compared with $1.1159 and 138.63 yen in US trade.

Oil prices were mixed on Thursday after edging up from a six-year low in New York on news US oil supplies declined and the dollar retreated.

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for delivery in September fell three cents to $43.27 and Brent crude for September rose five cents to $49.71 in morning Asian trade.

Safe-haven gold fetched $1,121.23 compared to $1,117.50 late Wednesday.

In individual shares, Australia's Telstra fell two percent to Aus$6.12 after the telecoms company said annual net profit fell one percent Aus$4.23 billion after the sale of Hong Kong mobile business CSL.

Chinese Internet giant Alibaba closed more than five percent lower in New York at $73.38 after a disappointing quarterly report showed sales growth cooling.

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