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Asian stocks in the red

Asian stocks are in the red, as investors cash in on the previous day's rally made on the back of a temporary trade war truce between China and the US.

In China, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 0.5% to 27,060.46 and the Shanghai Composite was 0.1% lower at 2,651.50.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 fell 1.8%.

Asian markets relieved by US-China trade truce

Asian markets jumped higher after the presidents of China and the US reached a temporary truce in their trade war.

At the G20 summit, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to halt new trade tariffs for 90 days to allow for talks.

In China, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was up 2.7% on Monday, the Shanghai Composite index jumped 2.9%, while Japan's Nikkei 225 index rose 1.3%.

"I do not think market consensus is looking for very significant progress, this is a temporary truce," Masamichi Adachi senior economist at JP Morgan in Japan said.

"Many people suspected that there may be a more disastrous outcome, this is definitely a relief."

Asia's markets mixed

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Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 finished trading up 0.39% to 22,262.6 points.

In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.58% to 5,758.4.

In China, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was down 0.83% in late afternoon trade, while the Shanghai Composite was was down 0.8%

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In late afternoon trade on Wednesday, Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 was up 1.09%.

In China, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was up 0.9%, while the Shanghai Composite was up 0.7%.

In Australia, the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index finished the trading day flat.

Stock market winners and losers

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That asthma drugs trial failure has had a predictable hit to the share price of drugs company Vectura.

It leads the stock market losers, dropping 8% to 71.13p in morning trading.

Leading the winners is Premier Oil, which has climbed 9% to 70.85p this morning.

However, the oil and gas producer’s share price is still down by more than 50% since the start of October, when it hit a 52-week high of 146p.

That's on the back of the fall in the price of Brent Crude oil by around 30% since the start of October, from a high of $86.70 to about $60

Chinese stocks in the red

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Chinese stocks were in the red on Friday, with Hong Kong's Hang Seng index down 0.3% at 25,941.20 and the Shanghai Composite 1.6% lower at 2,602.30.

Traders are looking towards the G20 summit in Argentina when US President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping will meet to discuss trade tensions between the two countries.

ING economist Prakash Sakpal says there "haven't been any promising developments" since the trade war began.

He adds: "There is a lot of rhetoric driving things farther from any sort of solid consensus that both countries could come around."

Meanwhile, Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225, however, was up 0.7%.

Asian stocks mixed

Asian stocks were mixed on Thursday.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 was up 0.8% at 21,673.13.

In China, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was flat and the Shanghai Composite was down 0.4%.