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Asia-Pacific stocks mixed; JD Health seeks Hong Kong listing

SINGAPORE — Stocks in Asia-Pacific struggled for direction in Thursday trade as investors reacted to minutes released overnight from the U.S. Federal Reserve’s November meeting.

Mainland Chinese stocks were lower by the afternoon: The Shanghai composite declined 0.13% while the Shenzhen component fell 0.897%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index twas little changed.

Stocks in Japan were higher, as the Nikkei 225 gained 0.47% while the Topix index rose 0.34%. South Korea’s Kospi advanced 0.2%.

Shares in Australia lagged, as the S&P/ASX 200 dipped 0.62%.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.17%.

The summary of the Fed meeting from earlier this month indicated that U.S. central bank officials discussed ways of getting more money into the economy, which is still recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.

JD Health seeks more than $3 billion in Hong Kong debut

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