Asian stocks stronger on upbeat earnings, China factory data

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index advanced 0.5 per cent to 27,667.39 while the Shanghai Composite index added 0.1 per cent to 3,294.41. Australia’s ASX/S&P 200 bucked the region’s trend, falling 0.5 per cent to 5,742.90 as commodity prices dropped.
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