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Employees work at the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE), run by Japan Exchange GroupInc (JPX), in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday,Jan 4, 2024.

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Japan stock indexes pulled back from record highs Thursday, while financiers evaluated better-than-expected trade information from China.

The Nikkei 225 struck a record high before closing 1.2% lower and listed below the 40,000 mark at 39,59871 The wider Topix lost 0.4% ending at 2,71854, likewise after striking a record high previously in the session.

The Taiwan weighted index leapt over 1%, while Australia’s S&P/ ASX 200 increased 0.39% to end at 7,7637, both scaling brand-new peaks.

Asia stocks increased following remarks from the U.S. Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell, who restated his position that while the reserve bank might begin cutting rates, it was “not immediately ready.”

China CSI 300 index fell 0.6% to 3,52972, while the Hang Seng index fell 1.4%. China’s dollar-denominated exports leapt 7.1% year on year for the very first 2 months of the year, according to main information. It was much greater than a Reuters survey expectation of a 1.9% increase.

Hong Kong- noted shares of Chinese e-commerce business surged over 8% after it launched better-than-expected fourth-quarter revenues and revealed a share buyback strategy of approximately $3 billion, consisting of American depository shares.

South Korea’s Kospi extended ended with a 0.2% increase at 2,64762, while the Kosdaq lost 0.8%, last at 863.37

Overnight in the U.S., all 3 significant indexes restored ground after 2 straight days of decreases, although some names like Apple, Alphabet and Disney remained of the rally.

The S&P 500 included 0.51%, while the Nasdaq Composite acquired 0.58%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded greater by 0.2%, although the blue-chip average was weighed down by a drop of more than 2% in Disney

— CNBC’s Lisa Kailai Han and Alex Harring added to this report.