Asia stocks were mixed on Wednesday as China’s benchmark lending rate was left unchanged.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.79% to close at 20,595.15 while the Topix index gained 0.58% to end its trading day at 1,494.69. South Korea’s Kospi ended its trading day 0.46% higher at 1,989.64.
Mainland Chinese stocks edged lower on the day, with the Shanghai composite 0.51% lower at around 2,883.74 and the Shenzhen component down 0.94% to 10,948.48. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index dipped 0.1%, as of its final hour of trading.
Over in Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.24% to close at 5,573.
Overall, the MSCI Asia ex-Japan index was slightly higher.