Asia Shares Mixed as U.S. Inflation Cools

Asian shares remained in the mixed session on Thursday as investors weighed signs of reducing inflationary pressure in the United States after data showed consumer prices climbed at a slower-than-expected rate in April.

As of 9.36 A.M. Bangkok time, the Nikkei 225 in Japan traded down 0.19%, the S&P/ASX 200 in AUstralia sank 0.23%.

South Korea’s Kospi, meanwhile, rose 0.43%.

In mainland China, the Shanghai Composite dropped 0.13%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index remained flat.

Overnight in the U.S., investors flocked to technology companies, lifting the Nasdaq Composite by 1.04%, while the S&P 500 gained 0.45% on the back of a milder-than-expected inflation report. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost by 0.09%.

The U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) released by the Labor Department on Wednesday showed a 4.9% year-over-year gain in April, lower than the 5% increase that economists had predicted. This led to growing optimism that the Federal Reserve would soon stop rising interest rates. Month-over-month CPI in April rose 0.4% after gaining 0.1% in March.

Investors in Asia will be keeping an eye on China’s inflation print for April, which came in at 0.1% versus the 0.4% predicted in a Reuters poll.