Asia stocks traded mixed on Monday as the number of coronavirus cases stateside soared again.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 closed 0.18% lower at 22,437.27 while the Topix index ended its trading day 0.23% lower at 1,579.09. South Korea’s Kospi closed 0.68% lower at 2,126.73.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index dipped 0.75%, as of their final hour of trading, with shares of Chinese tech giant Alibaba dropping more than 2%. Mainland Chinese stocks were mixed on the day. The Shanghai composite dipped slightly to about 2,965.27 while the Shenzhen component added 0.294% to around 11,702.44.
Over in Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 closed above the flatline at 5,944.50.
Overall, the MSCI Asia ex-Japan index slid 0.18%.