Asia-Pacific stocks mostly increased Thursday, Feb. 16.
Hong Kong stocks rose, with the Hang Seng Index
up 0.8% at 20,987.67, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 Index
gained 0.7% to 27,696.44.
The Shanghai Composite Index
of Chinese companies declined 1.0% to 3,249.03, while The FTSE Straits Times Index
of Singapore stocks increased 0.9% to 3,311.23. South Korea’s KOSPI Composite Index
added 2.0% to 2,475.48, while the S&P/ASX 200 Benchmark Index
of Australian stocks increased 0.8% to 7,410.30.
Of the the Hang Seng Index constituents, computers/consumer electronics company Lenovo Group
saw the largest increase Thursday, as shares added 6.7%.
Shares of etailing firm JD.com
and property managers company Cn Rscs Mixc Lifestyle
added 5.2% and 4.7%, respectively.
Shares of biotechnology company Wuxi Biologics (Cayman)
saw the largest drop in Hong Kong, as shares weakened 4.3% on Thursday.
Shares of aluminum firm China Hongqiao Group
and pharmaceuticals company Sino Biopharmaceutical
dropped 4.2% and 2.1%, respectively.
Of the Nikkei 225 Index constituents, passenger cars company Mitsubishi Motors
saw the largest increase Thursday, as shares added 4.3%.
Shares of passenger cars firm Nissan Motor
and passenger cars company Mazda Motor
added 4.1% and 3.7%, respectively.
Also in Japan, brewing company Sapporo Holdings
saw the largest drop Thursday, as shares dropped 3.6%
Shares of commercial banking firm Aozora Bank
and steel production company Pacific Metals
declined 1.7% and 1.6%, respectively.