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Asian-Pacific Markets Mixed as China Releases May Inflation Data

Shares in major Asia-Pacific markets were mixed on Wednesday, as investors reacted to the release of Chinese inflation data.

Mainland Chinese stocks nudged higher on the day as the Shanghai composite climbed 0.32% to 3,591.40 while the Shenzhen component was marginally higher at 14,718.40. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index dipped about 0.1%, as of its final hour of trading.

On the economic data front, official data released Thursday showed China’s producer price index for May jumped 9% from a year earlier, against expectations in a Reuters poll for a 8.5% increase. The country’s consumer price index in May rose 1.3% from a year earlier, lower than an expected 1.6% rise in a Reuters poll.

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In Japan, the Nikkei 225 shed 0.35% to close at 28,860.80 while the Topix index dipped 0.28% to end the trading day at 1,957.14.

South Korea’s Kospi also declined 0.97% to close at 3,216.18. The S&P/ASX 200 in Australia fell 0.31% on the day to 7,270.20.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside of Japan slipped 0.29%.

Meanwhile, the World Bank on Tuesday upgraded its growth forecast, with the global economy now expected to grow 5.6% in 2021. That compared against an earlier forecast in January for a 4% global economic expansion in 2021.

Still, the organization warned in a Tuesday press release that global output will be about 2% below pre-pandemic projections by the end of this year in spite of the recovery.

Overnight on Wall Street, the S&P 500 closed little changed at 4,227.26. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 30.42 points to 34,599.82 while the Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.31% to 13,924.91.

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The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 90.084 — hovering above the 90 level that it fell below earlier in the week.

The Japanese yen traded at 109.40 per dollar, weaker than levels around 109.2 seen against the greenback earlier this week. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7752 following an earlier low of $0.773.

Oil prices were higher in the afternoon of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures rising 0.44% to $72.54 per barrel. U.S. crude futures gained 0.47% to $70.38 per barrel.

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