Asia-Pacific stocks mixed;, Netease shares in Hong Kong jump on index inclusion

Asia-Pacific stocks mixed;, Netease shares in Hong Kong jump on index inclusion

SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed in Monday trade as China kept its benchmark lending rate unchanged.

The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong dipped 0.42%. Hong Kong-listed shares of and Netease gained 1.87% and 3.02%, respectively, following a Friday announcement that the two stocks are set to be included in the benchmark Hang Seng index from Dec. 6.

In mainland China, the Shanghai composite rose 0.65% while the Shenzhen component advanced 1.161%.

China on Monday kept the one-year Loan Prime Rate (LPR) unchanged at 3.85%. The five-year LPR was also left steady at 4.65%.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.2% while the Topix index declined 0.25%.

Over in South Korea, the Kospi gained 1.21% as shares of industry heavyweight Samsung Electronics soared about 5%. The Straits Times index in Singapore also rose 0.28%.

Australian stocks declined as the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.39%.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan traded little changed.

The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 96.184 following a recent bounce from around 95.6.

The Japanese yen traded at 114.17 per dollar, stronger than levels above 114.5 seen against the greenback last week. The Australian dollar changed hands at 0.7239 after dropping from above $0.735 last week.

Oil prices were lower in the morning of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures down 0.2% to $78.73 per barrel. U.S. crude futures slipped 0.13% to $75.84 per barrel.

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