Asia stocks mostly dip as investors watch reopening of economies

Asia stocks mostly declined on Thursday as investors continued to monitor the reopening of economies amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Mainland Chinese stocks dipped on the day, with the Shanghai composite 0.55% lower at around 2,867.92 while the Shenzhen component declined 0.94% to 10,845.40. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index slipped 0.51%, as of its final hour of trading.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 closed 0.21% lower at 20,552.31 while the Topix index finished its trading day 0.23% lower at 1,491.21. South Korea’s Kospi advanced 0.44% to close at 1,998.31.

Shares in Australia slipped by the close, with the S&P/ASX 200 down 0.41% to 5,550.40.