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Most Asian stock declined. Concerns over the violence in Iraq and the resulting possible impact of higher oil prices on global economic growth weighed on the risk-related currencies.
Shares in mainland China and Hong Kong came under pressure due to concerns over the health of China’s economy. China's foreign direct investment dropped 6.7% from a year earlier to US$8.6 billion last month.
Indexes on the close:
Nikkei 225 14,975.97 +42.68 +0.29%
Hang Seng 23,203.59 -97.08 -0.42%
Shanghai Composite 2,066.70 -19.28 -0.92%
Konica Minolta Inc. shares rose 6.2% after JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised its rating.
SoftBank Corp. shares sank 2.5%.
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