SINGAPORE — Stocks in Asia-Pacific traded little changed on Friday as investors react to data on China’s industrial profits for October.
Markets will also scrutinize concerns over the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine candidate, with results and methods used in their phase three vaccine trials under criticism from experts in the U.S.
China’s industrial profits surged 28.2% year-on-year in October, the country’s National Bureau of Statistics announced Friday.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index shed 0.19%.
Meanwhile, shares in Australia dipped, with the S&P/ASX 200 down by around 0.5%.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan traded fractionally lower.
Markets had gotten a boost earlier this week after the interim analysis of clinical trials were released by AstraZeneca. That development had come on the back of a string of encouraging vaccine results after late-stage trial readouts from Pfizer–BioNTech and Moderna, raising hopes of a recovery from the pandemic that has crippled economies globally.
Currencies and oil
The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 92.008 following its decline earlier this week from levels above 92.4.
The Japanese yen traded at 104 per dollar, still off levels below 104 against the greenback seen earlier in the week. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7358, after rising from levels below $0.732 earlier this week.
— CNBC’s Natasha Turak and Sam Meredith contributed to this report.