Stocks Start Lower Amid Holidays in Asia

By Anonymous

0012 GMT — Things are going to be a little quiet for Asian equities today with Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan markets all closed for holidays. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be movement. Australia’s ASX 200 is down 0.3% on early weakness in financials. But that market will have support from the early 1% gain in oil prices today following a meeting of major oil producers which essentially maintained the status quo. New Zealand’s NZX 50 is down 0.5% at midday there following an end-of-day spike which gave the index its first record-high close of September. Large-cap a2 Milk has slid 4% as its new CEO sold her entire...