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On Wednesday, major stocks fell for the second straight day due to the ongoing US-China trade negotiations. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 72.82 points to end the session with 25,985 due to under-performance of UnitedHealth. The S&P 500 dipped about 0.1 percent to close at 2,792.38. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite ended higher at 7,554.51 after gaining about 0.1 percent.

The S&P 500 snapped its 21-day winning streak after shedding 0.1 percent. Alphabet and Facebook both closed lower. The VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) slipped 1 percent. The largest straggler in the SMH shed over 3 percent.

On the other hand, Asian stocks traded mix in the midst of geopolitical concerns. Over in mainland China, major stocks traded mix. On Thursday, the Shenzhen Composite climbed up by 0.168 percent while the Shenzhen Component rose 0.112 percent. However, the Shanghai Composite dropped 0.35 percent. Due to losing in China Construction Bank shares by 0.42 percent, Hang Seng index in Hong Kong advanced 0.1 percent.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 slipped 0.36 percent and the Topix fell 0.35 percent as Fanuc shares shed about 2.1 percent. The Kospi of South Korea declined 0.38 percent as SK Hynix and Samsung Electronics shed 4.61 percent and 2.14 percent, respectively.

The ASX 200 of Australia rose 1 percent after recovering its previous losses as all sectors traded mixed. The U.S. dollar index traded at 96.096. The Japanese yen was at 110.89 against the US dollar while the Australian dollar was at $0.7148 as fell from the previous $0.719.

The oil prices were down in the afternoon trading hours of Asia. Brent crude futures, the international benchmark, surged 0.3 percent so as to $66.19 each barrel. On the other hand, the US crude futures slipped a bit to $6.91 each barrel.