Tokyo's main index closes slightly higher in mixed session for Asian stocks

Nikkei 19-02

Asian equities are seeing mixed tones with investors awaiting further trade talks in Washington later this week between US and China. Of note, the Chinese government accused the US of trying to block its industrial/tech development overnight and that stirred a bit of sour tones in Asian trading today.

As the Nikkei closed near flat levels on the day, Chinese stocks are lower after posting robust gains yesterday. The Shanghai Composite is down 0.5% currently while the Hang Seng is lower by 0.4% on the day.

The flat tones in US equity futures aren't going to lend much help for European stocks either so that should keep risk sentiment a little more cautious for the time being.