Dollar, Caixin PMI, oil prices in focus

In Australia, the ASX 0 topped 6,000 after the first hour of trade. however the index retreated subsequently to trade up 0.45 percent at 5,996.8 as of 9:29 a.m. HK/SIN. Major banking stocks rose with shares of ANZ up 1.12 percent in addition to also also Westpac higher by 1.08 percent.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 retraced early gains of roughly 1 percent to trade up only 0.1 percent at 22,747.38, while the Topix index gave up gains of more than 0.7 percent to trade flat. Across the Korean Strait, the Kospi also retraced gains of nearly 0.3 percent to trade fractionally higher.

In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index traded up 0.5 percent in early trade.

Chinese mainland shares opened with little confidence, with the Shanghai composite lower by 0.19 percent in addition to also also the Shenzhen composite flat. Elsewhere, China’s November Caixin manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index, which focuses on the country’s smaller in addition to also also mid-sized businesses, came in weaker than expected.

The momentum via the overnight rally in U.S. equities broke on Friday morning Asia time, following U.S. Senate Republicans delaying a vote on their tax bill after a setback forced them to make modifications only hours before a planned final vote.

Overnight, stocks received a boost after Sen. John McCain said he will back the Senate GOP’s tax bill, boosting the plan’s chances of clearing the Senate by Friday. McCain had been one of the last GOP senators not committed to supporting the proposal.

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