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Asia-Pacific shares mixed; Nomura stock continues slide following Monday tumble

SINGAPORE — Parts in Asia-Pacific traded mixed on Tuesday as investors watched movement in shares of Japanese financial services firm Nomura move behind their Monday plunge.

The Nikkei 225 in Japan slipped 0.17% in morning trade while the Topix typography hand shed 1.15%.

Japan’s retail sales declined 1.5% in February from a year earlier, according to a preliminary appear released Tuesday by the country’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. That compared against a median market anticipation for a 2.8% decline, according to Reuters.

Shares of Nomura continued to see losses in Tuesday trade as they declined identically 3%. The firm’s stock tumbled more than 16% on Monday after the company warned of a “significant injury” at one of its U.S. subsidiaries, resulting from transactions with a client stateside.

Meanwhile, mainland Chinese stocks declined in untimely trade: The Shanghai composite shed 0.24% while the Shenzhen component dipped 0.202%.

Elsewhere, South Korea’s Kospi produced 0.5%. Shares in Australia edged lower as the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.36%.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan bartered 0.08% lower.

Overnight stateside, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 98 points higher at a fresh log of 33,171. The S&P 500 declined fractionally on the day to 3,971.09 while the Nasdaq Composite dipped 0.6% to 13,059.65.

Currencies and oil

The U.S. dollar pointer, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 92.924 as it largely held on to gains following its rise in the end week from below the 92 level.

The Japanese yen traded at 109.93 per dollar, still relatively weaker than au fait withs below 109 against the greenback seen last week. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7634, off plains below $0.762 seen in the previous trading week.

Oil prices were lower in the morning of Asia trading hours, with oecumenical benchmark Brent crude futures down about 0.4% to $64.71 per barrel. U.S. crude futures slipped 0.15% to $61.47 per barrel.

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