Asia-Pacific markets were mixed in Wednesday trade as investors reacted to the release of China’s manufacturing activity data for September.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index advanced 1.18%. Shares of China Evergrande Group listed in the city soared more than 13% after the firm on Tuesday announced agreements with investors of its unit, Hengda Real Estate. Evergrande’s stock has seen a wave of volatility in recent days amid concerns over the firm’s financial situation.
Mainland Chinese markets were also higher, with the Shanghai composite up 0.45% while the Shenzhen component added 0.825%.
Japan markets were lower, with the Nikkei 225 shedding 1.06% while the Topix index declined 1.37%.
Elsewhere, Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 dropped 1.9%. Overall, the MSCI Asia ex-Japan index was 0.24% higher.
Markets in South Korea are closed Wednesday for a holiday.