Stocks fell in Japan and Australia on Friday, with most other major Asian markets closed for the Lunar New Year holiday.
Japan’s Nikkei 225
which was closed Thursday for a public holiday, slipped 0.3%. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200
slid 0.5% after the state of Victoria, where Melbourne is located, imposed a five-day coronavirus lockdown, starting Saturday. The new restrictions were announced after an outbreak of COVID-19 at a quarantine hotel.
Other Asian markets, including Hong Kong, mainland China, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore, were shut for the holiday. Chinese markets will reopen next Thursday, while Hong Kong markets will reopen Tuesday.
In energy markets, benchmark U.S. crude oil
slipped to $57.79 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude
the global benchmark, dipped to $60.72 per barrel in London.
was little changed at 104.82 yen.