9/22, 4:11 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Asia mixed with Japanese data, interest rates in focus

Major stock markets in Asia traded mixed on Friday with all eyes on the upcoming interest rate decision by the Bank of Japan. Data reports released earlier today showed that Japan's annual inflation fell slightly to 3.2% in August, while business activity continued to decline, dragged down by the shrinking manufacturing sector.

The Nikkei 225 decreased by 0.91% at 4:09 am CET, the Kospi Composite lost 0.24% at the same time, and the S&P/ASX 200 was down by 0.88%. Meanwhile, the Hang Seng added 0.31% a minute later, the Shanghai Composite grew by 0.19%, and the Shenzhen Composite improved by 0.67%.

The dollar traded 0.10% higher compared to the yen and sold for 147.7345 at 4:11 am CET.

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