Asia Markets Lower Tuesday

TOKYO (AP) -- Asian shares were lower in languid trading Tuesday as investors watched for tax reform developments in the U.S. and digested weak manufacturing data from China. Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index was flat at 22,380.01 after trading in a narrow margin.

KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was nearly unchanged at 29,177.14 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.9 percent to 5,968.70. South Korea's Kospi edged down 0.2 percent to 2,526.65. The Shanghai Composite index lost 0.5 percent to 3,429.74. But shares in Taiwan and Southeast Asia were mostly higher.

WALL STREET: The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 0.1 percent to 2,584.84. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 0.1 percent to 23,439.70. The Nasdaq composite 0.1 percent to 6,757.60, while the Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks was virtually unchanged at 1,475.07. More stocks fell than rose on the New York Stock Exchange.

CHINA WATCH: China's industrial value-added output expanded 6.2 percent year-on-year in October, slowing from 6.6-percent growth in September, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. China's private fixed-asset investment increased 5.8 percent on year in the first 10 months of this year, lower than the 6-percent increase for the first nine months. The Chinese economy is still growing but the focus is on assessing whether that pace is slowing.

ANALYST VIEWPOINT: "Risk appetite was . dithering," Mizuho Bank Ltd. (Singapore) said in a commentary. "Sure, it wasn't as 'Chicken Little, the sky is falling" type of panic (affected or real). Nonetheless, the mood is certainly nowhere near the exuberance earlier this year."

U.S. TAXES: The fate of U.S. tax overhaul legislation remains uncertain. It would deeply cut corporate taxes, double the standard deduction used by most Americans, and limit or repeal completely the federal deduction for state and local property, income and sales taxes. It carries high political stakes for President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 15 cents to $56.61 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. gained 2 cents to $56.76 on Monday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, slipped 20 cents to $62.96 a barrel in London.

CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 113.65 yen from 113.30 yen on Friday. The euro strengthened to $1.1675 from $1.1656.