Stocks in Asia-Pacific were mostly higher in Friday trade, with the Chinese yuan holding on to recent gains against the dollar.
Mainland Chinese stocks were higher by the afternoon, with the Shanghai Composite up 0.57% while the Shenzhen component advanced 0.415%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was 0.31% higher.
Shares in Australia bucked the overall trend as they edged down, with the S&P/ASX 200 0.12% lower.
Overall, the MSCI Asia ex-Japan index gained 0.33%.
In corporate developments, shares of Malaysian glove maker Top Glove were up about 2% in Friday trade.