TOKYO -- Asian stock markets ended mixed Thursday, as the
undecided U.S. presidential election continued to keep investors on the sidelines. Technology shares throughout the region were lower, however, after the
In Tokyo, the
closed down 339.6 points, or 2.2%, at 15,060.1 and the
index, which includes all shares listed on the
Tokyo Stock Exchange
, fell 26.2, or 1.8%, to close at 1427.5.
Japanese technology shares from electronics giants to chipmakers were lower, as
fell 170 yen, or 1.8%, to 9,060 ($84.42);
closed off 50 yen, or 2.1%, at 2,290; and
tanked 110 yen, or 5.1%, to 2,050.
Telcos were also lower, as wireless operator
fell 90,000 yen, or 2.9%, to 2.99 million and
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone
closed down 24,000 yen, or 2.5%, at 955,000.
The dollar traded at 107.32 yen, up from 107.04 yen Wednesday.
index also ended in the red, falling 149.3, or 1%, to 15,504.8.
fell HK$1.75, or 3.3%, to 50.75 ($6.51) after its rating was downgraded to a sell by
Credit Suisse First Boston
Elsewhere, South Korea's
index rose 2.6, or 0.5%, to 560.7, as financial shares led the broader market higher and Taiwan's
index squeaked 21.6 points higher, or 0.4%, to 6089.6, as heavyweight
capped gains by falling 1.7% to TWD$115.00 ($3.58).