A man wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange…
A man wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Aug. 18, 2020.

Asian markets are mostly higher Wednesday. 

The Nikkei index in Tokyo finished 0.2% higher.  Sydney’s S&P/ASX index was up 0.2% at its close.  The KOSPI index in Seoul gained 0.5%, while the TSEC index in Taipei dropped 0.7%. 

In late afternoon trading, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index is down 0.8%, the Shanghai Composite is 1.1% lower, and the Sensex in Mumbai is up 0.4%. 

In commodities trading, gold is trading at $1,994.50 an ounce, down 0.9%.  U.S. crude oil is selling at $42.58 per barrel, down 0.7%, and Brent crude is selling at $45.09 per barrel, down 0.8%. 

All three major U.S. indices are flat in futures trading.