Evergrande shares bounce back
Mixed Monday for Asia-Pacific markets
China’s industrial profits rose 19.1% in August, the country’s National Bureau of Statistics announced over the weekend. Chinese economic data has been watched by investors for signs of the country’s continued recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
Elsewhere, in Japan, the Nikkei 225 added 1.32% to close at 23,511.62 while the Topix index gained 1.69% to finish its trading day at 1,661.93. South Korea’s Kospi rose 1.29% to close at 2,308.08, with entertainment shares in the country jumping after K-pop sensation BTS’ label Big Hit Entertainment priced its anticipated IPO at the top end of the range.
Over in Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 slipped 0.21% to end its trading day at 5,952.30.
Overall, the MSCI Asia ex-Japan index rose 0.74%.
Currencies and oil
The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 94.486 after rising from levels below 93.0 last week.
Oil prices were lower in the afternoon of Asian trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures down 0.69% to $41.63 per barrel. U.S. crude futures also shed 0.8% to $39.93 per barrel.