Asia markets mixed after Wall St decline

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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2021 file photo, pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Stocks were solidly lower in early trading Tuesday, May 4, dragged down by banks and big technology companies like Apple and Google. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Major Asian stock markets advanced Wednesday after Wall Street fell, while Chinese and Japanese markets were closed for holidays.

Overnight, Wall Street's benchmark S&P 500 index lost 0.7%, dragged down by more declines for tech stocks including Apple and Microsoft.

The Hang Seng in Hong Kong was little changed at 28,561.70 while the S&P-ASX 200 in Sydney added 0.4% to 48,453.94.

New Zealand's benchmark lost 1.1%, Singapore was down 0.8% and Bangkok fell 0.7%.

“With relatively light news flow and macro data, price action in the region was subdued in holiday-thinned conditions,” Anderson Alves of ActivTrades said in a report.

Investors are watching corporate earnings and looking ahead to Friday's U.S. jobs data.

Most economic data point to improving conditions but markets worry about renewed coronavirus outbreaks and a possible uptick in inflation.

Remarks by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Tuesday appeared to stoke those worries. Selling on Wall Street accelerated after Yellen said interest rates may have to rise to keep the economy from overheating. She later downplayed her comments during an interview with The Wall Street Journal after markets closed.