December 31, 2018
Equity markets rose on the last trading day of the year. In Hong Kong, Hang Seng Index was up 1.2%, the S&P/ASX200 index closed down 7.9 points, or 0.14 per cent, at 5645.0. The ASX index has lost 9.04% since September – the worst quarter since September 2011 – with the benchmark also enduring its worst year in seven years, down 6.9%. In Tokyo, Nikkei 225 was closed for a holiday having ended the year with a loss of 12%.