Asian Shares Mostly Lower, Tracking Tech Sell-Off on Wall St.

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A man checks the stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Monday.(AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Monday following Friday’s steep slide in technology shares on Wall Street. Markets had only a muted reaction, if any, to North Korea’s announcement that it would stop nuclear and missile testing.

Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 fell 0.3 percent to 22,091.73 and South Korea’s Kospi shed 0.2 percent to 2,471.25. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng declined 0.4 percent to 30,288.71 and the Shanghai Composite index dropped 0.2 percent to 3,064.80. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 advanced 0.4 percent to 5,889.30. Shares were higher in Singapore but fell in Indonesia and Thailand.

Losses in technology, retailers, packaged foods and beverage makers weighed on U.S. stocks Friday, pulling the market lower for a second day in a row. The S&P 500 index fell 0.9 percent to 2,670.14. The Dow Jones industrial average slid 0.8 percent to 24,462.94. The Nasdaq composite lost 1.3 percent to 7,146.13 and the Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gave up 0.6 percent, to 1,564.12. For every stock that rose on the New York Stock Exchange, two declined, though the indexes finished the week with gains.

“While geopolitical tensions remain bubbling under the surface, rising oil prices and higher U.S. yields suggest investors are likely to deal with increased volatility as a broad range of political, economic and financial events unfolds,” Stephen Innes of OANDA said in a commentary.

Benchmark U.S. crude lost 7 cents to $68.33 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Friday it gained 7 cents to settle at $68.40 per barrel. Brent crude, used to price international oils, was flat at $74.06 per barrel. It added 28 cents per barrel in London on Friday.

The dollar rose to 107.78 yen from 107.64 yen on Friday. The euro fell to $1.2274 from $1.2290. The pound rose to $1.4019 from $1.4001.