Asia Mixed Amid Hong Kong Protests

Shares in Asia Pacific were mixed on Thursday following an overnight decline on Wall Street.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 dropped 97.72 points, or 0.5%, to 21,032, as shares of Apple supplier Japan Display plummeted 11.94% after the company announced new restructuring plans, with the company’s president and CEO set to step down.

The Japanese yen changed hands at 108.31 against the U.S. dollar after touching levels above 108.5 earlier

In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index fell 13.75 points, or 0.1%, to 27,294.71, amid uncertainty, one day after violent clashes between protesters and riot police over a controversial extradition bill.

Korean stocks listed lower as shares of chipmaker SK Hynix dropped 3.4%.

Australian markets were flat Thursday, and the Australian dollar traded at $0.6913 U.S. after slipping from the $0.696 handle yesterday.

In other markets

In Shanghai, the CSI 300 wilted 5.71 points, or 0.2%, to 3,685.39

In Korea, the Kospi index lost 5.6 points, or 0.3%, to 2,103.15

In Singapore, the Straits Times Index regained 12.92 points, or 0.4%, to 3,220.66

In Taiwan, the Taiex Index moved lower 54.65 points, or 0.5%, to 10,561.01

In New Zealand, the NZX 50 gained 18.67 points, or 0.2%, to 10,223.81

In Australia, the ASX 200 withered 1.34 points to 6,542.40