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Asian Markets Mixed Wednesday

A woman wearing face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian markets are mixed Wednesday after the chaotic U.S. presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

The Nikkei index in Tokyo lost 1.5%. Sydney’s S&P/ASX index closed 2.2% lower. The KOSPI index in Seoul gained 0.8%, and Taipei’s TSEC index earned 0.3%.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index is up 0.8% in late afternoon trading. Shanghai’s Composite index is down 0.2%, while the Sensex in Mumbai is 0.2% higher.

In commodities trading, gold is trading at $1,893.30 an ounce, down 0.5%. U.S. crude oil is trading at $39.09 per barrel, down 0.5%, and Brent crude is trading at $40.49 per barrel, down 1.3%.

All three major U.S. indices are trending lower in futures trading.