- Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Monday.
- Fears of a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine likely continued weighing on investor sentiment.
- China on Monday held steady on a benchmark lending rate, with the one-year loan prime rate kept unchanged at 3.7%. All 24 financial institutions in a snap Reuters poll predicted no change in the one-year LPR.
SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Monday, as investors continued to watch the situation surrounding Ukraine. Meanwhile, China left a benchmark lending rate unchanged.
The Nikkei 225 in Japan fell 2% momentarily in morning trade before retracing some of those losses, eventually ending the trading day 0.78% lower at 26,910.87 while the Topix index shed 0.71% to 1,910.68. South Korea's Kospi closed mildly lower at 2,743.80.
Mainland Chinese stocks closed little changed, the Shanghai composite largely flat at 3,490.61 while the Shenzhen component climbed fractionally to 13,471.16. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index declined about 0.8%, as of its final hour of trading.
China on Monday held steady on a benchmark lending rate, with the one-year loan prime rate (LPR) kept unchanged at 3.7%. That was in line with predictions from all 24 financial institutions in a snap Reuters poll.
The five-year LPR was also kept unchanged at 4.6%.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan declined 0.3%.
Concerns of a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine have kept investors on edge, with Biden saying Friday the U.S. believes Putin has decided to carry out an attack on Ukraine "in the coming days."
Markets in the U.S. are closed on Monday for a holiday.
The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 95.788 after seeing an earlier high of 96.151.
Oil prices struggled for direction in the afternoon of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures down 0.17% to $93.38 per barrel. U.S. crude futures were flat at $91.07 per barrel.