Asian markets declined for the first time in four days on Friday (April 18), led by drugmakers and mining companies, after Pfizer reported poor result than the estimates and a report said BHP Billiton have no plans to raise its bid for Rio Tinto Group.
Astellas Pharma, Japan`s second-largest pharmaceutical company, dropped.
Japanese benchmark index Nikkei declined 23.09 points, or 0.17%, to trade at 13,375.21.
Hong Kong`s index Hang Seng declined 114.41 points, or 0.47%, to trade at 24,144.55.
China`s Shanghai Composite declined 108.46 points, or 3.37%, to trade at 3,114.28.
Taiwan`s Taiex index declined 7.68 points, or 0.08%, to trade at 9,082.75.
South Korea`s KOSPI declined 2.62 points, or 0.15%, to trade at 1,766.05.
Singapore`s Straits Times declined 11.38 points, or 0.36%, to trade at 3,114.92. (8.06 a.m., IST)