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Asia Markets: Asian markets mostly lower as global tensions rise on apparent oil-tanker attacks

Asian markets were mixed in early trading Friday as oil prices surged following apparent attacks on two tankers near the Strait of Hormuz.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran, through Iran rejected those claims, as tensions grew in the Persian Gulf. Oil futures rallied Thursday, with West Texas Intermediate crude for July delivery CLN19, -0.21% jumped 2.2% and Brent crude BRNQ19, +0.08% , the global benchmark, rose 2.2% as well. The price spikes appeared to ease in early trading Friday.

Geopolitical tensions remained high elsewhere, as Hong Kong remained on edge in the aftermath of violent clashes between police and protesters earlier this week.

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