Asian stocks end mixed


On oil markets, US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for September delivery rose 81 US cents to $US95. 29 while Brent crude for October eased 12 US cents to $US101. 44 in afternoon trade. Gold traded at $US1,294. 18 an ounce at 1859 AEST, compared to $US1,300. 30 an ounce late on Tuesday. - Wellington rose 0. 51 per cent or 26. 13 points to 5,140. 34.

Fletcher Building added 0. 88 per cent to $NZ9. 17 after a modest full-year result and Chorus was up 0. 29 per cent at $NZ1. 745. - Taipei gained 0. 48 per cent, or 44. 27 points, to 9,288. 05. TSMC rose 1. 21 per cent to $Tw125. 5 while Acer fell 1. 99 per cent to $Tw24. 65. - Manila climbed 0. 19 per cent, or 13. 74 points, to 7,096. 49.

Housing starts in the world's biggest economy jumped 15. 7 per cent in July to their strongest level since last November, while new building permits rose 8. 1 per cent.

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