Asia Stocks Advance as Yen Depreciates, China Economy Stabilizes

(Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks rose, erasing earlier losses, as the Japanese yen weakened against the dollar and Chinese data showed continued momentum in that nation’s economy.

The MSCI Asia Pacific Index advanced 0.3 percent to 138.41 as of 4:12 p.m. in Hong Kong, led by health-care and energy companies. Eight of the 11 primary groups gained as the index climbed for the first time in three sessions.

  • Japanese stocks rose as the yen weakened before the U.S. Federal Reserve’s meeting this week; futures traders see 100 percent odds of a rate increase and a two-in-three chance of additional tightening by June
  • Chinese stocks reversed earlier declines as PetroChina rallied. The nation’s industrial production climbed 6.2 percent from a year earlier in November, compared with a median estimate of 6.1 percent in a Bloomberg economist survey
  • Retail sales advanced 10.8 percent last month
  • Muddy Waters said it’s short Nidec; it’s the first time that the short-seller has published a report targeting a Japanese company
  • Well Investments said Japan’s SMC is a “strong sell”
  • Anonymous Analytics rated Credit China a “strong sell” in Hong Kong
  • Major Asian stock indexes: Nikkei 225 rose 0.5 percent, Topix up 0.6 percent, S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.3 percent, Hang Seng Index climbed 0.1 percent, Shanghai Composite rose 0.1 percent after falling 1.1 percent, Shenzhen Composite advanced 0.3 percent after dropping 1.2 percent

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