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Investors Digest China Data, Stocks Mostly Up

Asia-Pacific markets are trading mixed as investors digest key economic releases from China that missed estimates despite market expectations of a further rebound growth.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 climbed another 216.65 points, or 0.7%, to 29,842.99.

Semiconductor-related stocks led gains, with Tokyo Electron Device jumping by more than 3% and Advantest Corp rising more than 4%.

In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng recovered 7.12 points to 19,627.24.


In China, the CSI 300 index dropped 20.68 points, or 0.5%, to 3,978.21.

Retail sales jumped 18.4%, industrial production rose 5.6% and fixed asset investment gained 5.2% – all below forecasts by economists surveyed by Reuters.

The Chinese onshore and offshore yuan both traded at weaker levels to stand at 6.9586 and 6.9662 against the U.S. dollar, respectively.

In other markets

In Singapore, the Straits Times index sifted off 0.68 points to 3,214.04.

In Korea, the Kospi inched up 0.89 points to 2,480.24.

In Taiwan, the Taiex index rumbled upward 198.85 points, or 1.3%, to 15,673.90.

In New Zealand, the NZX 50 inched higher 8.27 points, or 0.1%, to 11,945.88.

In Australia, the ASX 200 fell 32.44 points, or 0.5%, to 7,234,69.