Asian stocks end mostly lower on Chinese data


In oil markets, US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for October delivery was down 27 US cents at $US93. 18 while Brent for October eased 26 US cents to $US102. 02 in afternoon trade. Gold traded at $US1,281. 17 an ounce at 1838 AEST, compared with $US1,294. 76 an ounce late on Wednesday. - Wellington rose 0. 24 per cent, or 12. 58 points, to 5,152. 92.

But Tokyo on Thursday bucked the trend, gaining 0. 85 per cent, or 131. 75 points, to 15,586. 20 after US Federal Reserve minutes suggested interest rates may be hiked sooner than expected. Seoul dropped 1. 38 per cent, or 28. 57 points, to 2,044. 21, Hong Kong lost 0. 66 per cent, or 165. 66 points, to 24,994. 1, Shanghai slid 0. 44 per cent, or 9. 75 points, to 2,230. 46.

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