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China’s manufacturing expanded at the slowest pace in eight months and South Korea’s exports fell. Japanese shares led declines on disappointing earnings reports.
Nikkei 225 8,641.85 -53.21 -0.61%
S&P/ASX 200 4,262.8 -6.35 -0.15%
Shanghai Composite 2,121.89 +18.25 +0.87%
Fanuc Corp. a maker of robotic controls for Chinese factories, fell 2.5 percent in Tokyo.
Samsung Electronics Co., South Korea’s biggest exporter of consumer electronics, slid 0.7 percent. Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd. and Komatsu Ltd. led industrial shares lower after cutting earnings forecasts.
Intrepid Mines Ltd., an Australian company exploring for gold in Indonesia, surged 32 percent after saying a new shareholder would help safeguard its project in the Southeast Asian country.
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