An employee works at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo, Japan, on Jan. 13, 2022.
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Shares in the Asia-Pacific are mostly trading lower Thursday as investors digest the results of a private survey on China’s factory activity.
The Kospi in South Korea shed 1.83% and the Kosdaq lost 1.49%.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped 1.63%.
China’s Caixin/Markit manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index for August released Thursday showed the sector slipping into contraction this month.
This comes after official manufacturing PMI data released on Wednesday showed that factory activity shrank amid a recent rise in Covid infections, and the nation facing the worst heatwaves in decades.
Overnight in the U.S., major stock indexes rose earlier in the session, but closed lower for a fourth straight day.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 280.44 points, or nearly 0.9%, to 31,510.43. The S&P 500 slipped roughly 0.8% to end the day at 3,955, and the Nasdaq Composite declined about 0.6% to 11,816.20.