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4/23, 4:09 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Asian markets mixed after data

Equities on major stock markets in the Asia-Pacific region sought direction on Friday with the focus remaining on today's batch of economic data. According to IHS Markit, Japan's manufacturing sector recorded an improvement in April, while the country's Statistics Bureau reported a 0.2% drop in March's consumer prices.

In Mainland China, the Shanghai Composite increased 0.34% at 4:07 am CET, while the Shenzhen Composite grew 0.72% a minute later. Hong Kong's Hang Seng jumped 0.83% at 4:08 am CET.

Japanese Nikkei 225 dropped 0.64% at 4:07 am CET. The dollar traded unchanged against the yen at 4:07 am CET, changing hands for ¥107.9285.

South Korean Kospi Composite rose 0.13% at 4:08 am CET. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.19% 4:08 am CET.

Breaking the News / MD