SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed in Monday morning trade as investors reacted to the release of Chinese economic data.
Mainland Chinese stocks were higher, with the Shanghai composite up about 0.9% while the Shenzhen component surged 1.933%.
The moves came following the release of a slew of Chinese economic data. China’s industrial output rose 9.8% year-on-year in April, according to data released Monday by the country’s National Bureau of Statistics. That figure was in line with expectations from a Reuters poll.
Official data also showed retail sales in China jumping 17.7% year-on-year in April. That, however, fell short of expectations in a Reuters poll for a 24.9% increase.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 dipped 0.96% in morning trade while the Topix index sat fractionally lower. South Korea’s Kospi edged 0.44% lower.
Over in Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.46%.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan traded 0.25% higher.
Currencies and oil
Meanwhile, investors also monitored the price of bitcoin after Tesla CEO Elon Musk implied in a Twitter exchange Sunday that the electric vehicle maker sold or may sell the rest of its holdings in the cryptocurrency.
The price of bitcoin was at $45,124.68, as of 10:12 p.m. ET Sunday, according to data from Coin Metrics.
The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 90.39 after a recent decline from above 90.8.
The Japanese yen traded at 109.34 per dollar, having weakened last week from levels below 109 against the greenback. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7757, following last week’s decline from levels above $0.78.
Oil prices were higher in the morning of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures up 0.39% to $68.98 per barrel. U.S. crude futures advanced 0.4% to $65.63 per barrel.