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Asia Stocks End Mixed; China Tumbles 1%

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 3:24 AM ET

Shanghai stocks fell to a one-week low on Tuesday amid fears that the People's Bank of China would not provide monetary stimulus to support the economy while Asia's other equity markets were mixed ahead of Australia's budget release.

The Shanghai Composite under performed Asian peers by 1 percent, Australia's S&P ASX 200 was flat and Japan's Nikkei slipped into negative territory in last-minute trade.

South Korea's Kospi was the region's outperformer, rallying as much as 1 percent as dollar-yen fell from Monday's four-and-a-half-year high.

(Read More: Better US Economy Throws Wrench in Currency Markets)

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NIKKEI
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HSI
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ASX 200
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SHANGHAI
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KOSPI
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CNBC 100
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Shanghai Slips

Market Rallies Must Trickle to Real Economy
Kathy Lien, Managing Director of BK Asset Management says the global economy will be in trouble if the market rallies don't transpire into increased business and consumer confidence.

Fears about the health of the domestic economy plagued mainland investors and raised doubts about the possibility of monetary support from China's central bank.

Property shares were amid the worst-performing sectors, with Poly Real Estate down 3 percent and China Vanke losing 2.6 percent after the 21st Century Business Herald reported that Beijing tightened rules for the pre-sale of homes.

Financials also suffered, with CITIC Securities and China Minsheng Banking down 2 percent each.

Nikkei Retreats

The benchmark index snapped a three-day winning streak to close down 0.1 percent, reversing earlier modest gains as dollar-yen slipped below the 102 handle.

Nisshin Steel Holdings dragged on the index with a 7.6 percent slide while power stocks were amid the benchmark index's top gainers. Tokyo Electric Powersurged 18 percent after Nomura upgraded its ratings on several power stocks, including Kansai Electric Power which rose 12.7 percent.

Consumer electronic stocks were also in focus with Pioneer shares surging 33 percent on news that the firm will form a strategic alliance with Mitsubishi Electric and NTT DoCoMo.

(Read More: Weak Yen Remains a Wild Card for Japan's Growth)

Australia Steady

What to Expect From Australia's Budget
As markets await Treasurer Wayne Swan to unveil the country's budget later on Tuesday, CNBC's Matthew Taylor investigates why its unlikely for the government to deliver a surplus this year.

Mining contractor Mcmahon Holdings jumped 25 percent after the firm delivered a bullish earnings guidance, stating that the sale of its construction business to Leighton Holdings had removed uncertainty and risk from its balance sheet.

Gold miners reversed the previous day's losses as the yellow metal snapped a three-day losing streak. Medusa Mining rose 4 percent.

(Read More: Australia's Budget Brings Day of Reckoning)

Investors awaited Treasurer Wayne Swan's budget, which will be unveiled later on Tuesday. The budget may provide a sense of how much the economy is struggling, analysts say.

Seoul Outperforms

As the yen paused its recent decline, South Korean exporter stocks recovered from recent steep losses. Automakers rallied, with Hyundai Motor adding 2.6 percent and Kia Motors up 3.8 percent.

Tech stocks also lent support to the benchmark index, with market heavyweight Samsung Electronics gaining 1.5 percent and LG Electronics rising over 2.7 percent.

The 14-day relative strength index (RSI) for the benchmark Kospi is at 54, indicating that the index is in an upward trend. The index has now recovered 1.6 percent from a two-week low at 1,935 points in the previous session.

By CNBC.com's Nyshka Chandran. Follow her on Twitter @NyshkaCNBC

  Price   Change %Change
NIKKEI
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ASX 200
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AUD/USD
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GOLD
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OIL
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KOSPI
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USD/JPY
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27
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3422
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6753.T
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6752.T
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538
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SHANGHAI
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9501.T
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9503.T
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593
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6657
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