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Asia ADRs Tracking Nikkei's 3% Drop Seen Amid Iraq Air Strikes, Other Geopolitical Uncertainty

Depository receipts of Asian stocks as a group were slightly lower in late-morning Friday trade. The BNY Mellon Asia ADR Index is down 0.21% at 149.74.

In Asia, both the Hong Kong Hang Seng Index and the Nikkei closed lower in the wake of U.S. President Barack Obama's authorization of Iraq air strikes.

Decliners among North Asia ADRs included China's mobile internet services providers NQ Mobile ( NQ ), down 4.5%, and Cheetah Mobile ( CMCM ), down 1.4% as well as solar power product makers JinkoSolar ( JKS ), down 2.8%, and Ja Solar Holdings ( JASO ), lower 1.7%.

In South Asian ADRs, HDFC Bank ( HDB ) and car maker Tata Motors (TTM) were lower 1.7% and 1.9%, respectively, while Rediff.com (REDF), the provider of online business and consumer offerings, fell 0.4%

Among ADR gainers were LCD manufacturer Himax Technologies (HIMX), up 2.0%, internet TV company Youku Tudou (YOKU), adding 6.8%. Online direct sales company JD.com (JD) rose 2.2% and KT Corporation (KT) gained 3.5%. South Asia gainers included Infosys (INFY), a provider of business consulting, technology and engineering services, higher 0.7% and Wipro (WIT), an IT services company, up 1.4%.

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