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Asia’s benchmark stock index fell for a fifth day to trade at the lowest level in six weeks before the release of minutes of the Federal Reserve’s July meeting.
Nikkei 225 13,424.33 +27.95 +0.21%
Hang Seng 21,817.73 -152.56 -0.69%
S&P/ASX 200 5,099.99 +21.81 +0.43%
Shanghai Composite 2,072.96 +0.37 +0.02%
BHP Billiton Ltd. sank 2.2 percent in Sydney after the world’s biggest mining company reported a drop in second-half profit amid slowing growth in emerging economies.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. tumbled 9.3 percent after Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority said it plans to increase the severity level of a radiated water leak at its Fukushima plant.
Cnooc Ltd. surged 4.9 percent in Hong Kong after China’s largest offshore oil and gas explorer posted a better-than-estimated increase in first-half profit.
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