March 14, 2019
Fresh Chinese worse-than-expected industrial production data which was the lowest output growth in 17 years weighed on Asian equities. In Japan, the Nikkei225 main index lost 0.02 percent to 21,287, and the Hang Seng benchmark in Hong Kong finished flat at 28,834. The Shanghai Composite shed 1.20 percent at 2,990, while stocks in Australia which had been under pressure for most of the afternoon, however, managed to claw back gains in the final hour of trade as the Financial sector improved. The ASX 200 closed up 18 points or 0.3% to 6,179.