Asia Mixed Though Japan and Australia Jump

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed in Tuesday afternoon trade, with Australian and Japanese stocks leading gains regionally.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 climbed 279.5 points, or 1%, to 29,441.30.

The Japanese yen traded at 109.99 per U.S. dollar following a recent weakening from below 109.8 against the greenback.

In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng dipped 203.6 points, or 0.7%, to 28,638.53.

Members of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s board agreed it would be "premature" to consider ceasing the bond purchase program, minutes from the central bank’s monetary policy meeting for June showed.

The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7702, off levels above $0.774 seen last week.

In other markets

In Shanghai, the CSI 300 dropped 58.14 points, or 1.1%, to 5,166.56.

In Singapore, the Straits Times Index gained 21.73 points, or 0.7%, to 3,174.87

The Kospi index in Korea added 6.5 points, or 0.2%, to 3,258.63

In Taiwan, the Taiex index popped 157.77 points, or 0.9%, to 17,371.29

In New Zealand, the NZX 50 gathered 134.22 points, or 1.1%, to 12,696.39.

In Australia, the ASX 200 strengthened 67.14 points, or 0.9%, to 7,379.47.