Asia-Pacific Region Mixed

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Monday as China kept its benchmark lending rate unchanged.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 gained 28.24 points, or 0.1%, to 29,774.11.

The Japanese yen traded at 114.15 per U,S. dollar, stronger than levels above 114.5 seen against the greenback last week.

In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng fell 98.63 points, or 0.4%, to 24,951.34. Hong Kong-listed shares of JD.com and NetEase gained 1.93% and 3.02%, respectively, following a Friday announcement that the two stocks are set to be included in the benchmark Hang Seng index from Dec. 6.

Over in South Korea, the Kospi gained as shares of industry heavyweight Samsung Electronics soared 5.2%.

The Australian dollar changed hands at 0.7245 after dropping from above $0.735 last week.

CHINA

In China, the CSI 300 added 22.34 points, or 0.5%, to 4,912.30

China on Monday kept the one-year Loan Prime Rate (LPR) unchanged at 3.85%. The five-year LPR was also left steady at 4.65%.

In other markets

In Taiwan, the Taiex retreated 14.77 points, or 0.1%, to 17,803.54

In Singapore, the Straits Times Index eked forward 4.74 points, or 0.2%, to 3,237.08

In Korea, the Kospi index climbed 42.23 points, or 1.4%, to 3,013.25

In New Zealand, the NZX 50 lost 132.48 points, or 1%, to 12,607.64

In Australia, the ASX 200 dipped 43.47 points, or 0.6%, at 7,353.08