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Asia Markets: Hong Kong stocks get delayed boost from Shenzhen plan

Shares in Asia were mixed Thursday, with stronger regional currencies putting pressure on some stocks, while China’s plans to further open its equities market provided a delayed boost.

The Nikkei Stock Average NIK, -1.55% was down 0.2% in morning trade amid the yen’s strength, with the currency breaking below the 100 level versus the U.S. dollar. Elsewhere, Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 XJO, -0.49% edged down 0.4% as its local currency strengthened following strong jobs data.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index HSI, +0.98% was up 1.5%, Seoul’s Kospi SEU, +0.57% added 0.3%, while the Shanghai Composite Index SHCOMP, -0.17% gained 0.2%.

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