Nikkei 225 closes lower by 0.45% at 23,916.58

Asian equities lose some ground ahead of US-China trade deal signing

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The sentiment sort of mirrors the slight climb lower in Wall St during overnight trading, as investors continue to keep their attention on the US-China trade deal signing.

The signing ceremony is scheduled for 1630 GMT and all eyes are on that now with the details of the deal something to watch out for as well. In general, markets are keeping a bit more calm today despite a mild retreat in stocks and US futures.
USD/JPY is trading a little lower just under the 110.00 handle while gold is keeping higher just above $1,550 amid a bit of a mixed mood to start European morning trade.