Taiwan stocks fell to about a one-week low on Friday as TSMC and other Apple Inc suppliers tracked losses in Apple shares after the iPhone 7 failed to impress Wall Street.
As of 0326 GMT, the main Taiex index fell one per cent to 9,169.69, after closing at 9,262.89 in the previous session.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), the world’s biggest contract chip maker, dipped 1.4 per cent. Hon Hai Precision was off 0.9 per cent.
The electronics subindex sank one per cent, while the financials subindex lost 1.2 per cent.
The Taiwan dollar softened NT$0.094 to NT$31.380 per US dollar.
Asian stocks fell as investors weighed the outlook for monetary policy in the US and Japan after the European Central Bank downplayed the need for more economic stimulus. South Korean shares dropped amid concern North Korea may have conducted a nuclear test.
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index dropped 0.7 per cent to 141.03 as of 10:49am in Tokyo. The measure is heading for a 2.1 per cent advance this week as traders pared bets the Federal Reserve will raise rates at its September meeting while speculation swirled over whether the Bank of Japan will add to already record stimulus.
Shares in the US and Europe fell after ECB chief Mario Draghi played down the prospect of an increase in asset purchases at a time when concern over the impact of Brexit on the euro area is mounting.
“While the ECB disappointed, we could still expect additional stimulus later in the year as there’s so much uncertainty in Europe,” James Woods, a strategist at Rivkin Securities in Sydney, said by phone.
South Korean shares and won fell early on Friday following a suspected North Korean nuclear test.
South Korea’s presidential Blue House will hold a National Security Council meeting at 0200 GMT on Friday after seismic activity was detected near North Korea’s known nuclear test site, activity South Korea said could have been a nuclear test.
The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (Kospi) was down 1.2 per cent at 2,038.21 points as of 0201 GMT.
The won was quoted at 1,100sw.1, down 0.7 per cent compared to Thursday’s close of 1,092.6.
SHARES of Ezra Holdings fell 3.4 per cent to 5.6 Singapore cents in Friday early morning trade, as trading volumes of the counter surged.
Some 158.3 million shares of the offshore support provider had changed hands as at 10.07am, drawing a query from the Singapore Exchange (SGX).
On Thursday, Ezra was also one of the most active counters on the SGX, jumping nearly 35 per cent or 1.5 cents to close at 5.8 cents, with 182.1 million shares traded.
Hong Kong stocks rose in early trade, adding to the previous day’s rally on upbeat Chinese trade data, while investors await the release of mainland inflation figures.
The Hang Seng Index added 0.20 per cent, or 46.68 points, to 23,966.02.
But the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index was marginally lower, edging down 0.52 points to 3,095.43, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China’s second exchange, was slightly up, ticking 0.51 points higher to 2,050.59.
MALAYSIA share prices opened lower on Friday with the FTSE Bursa Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Composite Index down 0.260 points to 1,691.120.
Volume was 21.500 million lots worth RM4.936 million.
Gainers outnumbered losers 65 to 57.
SINGAPORE stocks opened 0.82 per cent lower on Friday, with the Straits Times Index losing 23.78 points to 2,870.7 as at 9.05am.
About 105.1 million shares worth S$74.8 million in total changed hands. Losers outnumbered gainers 88 to 63.
Some of the top traded stocks were Singapore Exchange, CapitaLand and Singtel.