Much of Asia Closes Flat

Shares in Asia-Pacific struggled for direction on Thursday, with major indexes in Japan and mainland China closing flat.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 edged 0.34 points to 28,875.23.

The Japanese yen traded at 110.89 per U.S. dollar, having weakened earlier this week from below 110 against the greenback.

In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng gained 65.39 points, or 0.2%, to 28,882.46.

The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7578, above levels below $0.752 seen earlier in the week.

In other markets

In Shanghai, the CSI 300 moved tentatively higher 8.58 points, or 0.2%, to 5,155.97.

In Singapore, the Straits Times Index eked up one point to 3,119.62

The Kospi index in Korea added 9.91 points, or 0.3%, to 3,286.10

In Taiwan, the Taiex index jumped 71.25 points, or 0.4%, to 17,407.96

In New Zealand, the NZX 50 sneaked up 0.4 points to 12,586.89.

In Australia, the ASX 200 doffed 23.18 points, or 0.3%, to 7,275.27.