ASIA ECONOMICS: Asian Shares End Mostly Lower

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Stock markets across the Asia-Pacific region finished mostly in the red on Friday, following steep losses on Wall Street as investors remain cautious amid worries about additional U.S. interest rate hikes in 2019 and the prospect of a U.S. government shutdown over funding for a border wall, said Trading Economics. The Nikkei 225 slumped 1.1% to 20,166 as the yen held gains on safe-haven demand; the Shanghai Composite lost 0.8% to 2,516; and the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.7% to 5,468. Meanwhile, the Hang Seng gained 0.5% to 25,753; and the Kospi added 0.1% to 2,061.

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