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Asia-Pacific Stocks Mixed; Evergrande Shares in Hong Kong Rise Nearly 4% After Briefly Falling Below IPO Price

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  • Asia-Pacific stocks were mixed on Wednesday.
  • China Evergrande Group's stock in Hong Kong briefly dropped below its IPO price in Wednesday trade before rising 3.92% by the market close.
  • Japan's economy saw 1.9% annualized growth, higher than the initial estimate for a 1.3% rise, revised government data showed Wednesday. The revised GDP estimate was higher than economists median forecast in a Reuters poll for a 1.6% annualized growth.

SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Wednesday, with shares of China Evergrande Group recovering slightly after briefly falling below their IPO price.

By the Wednesday market close in Hong Kong, China Evergrande Group shares in the city rose 3.92%.

Still, the embattled property developer's stock has dropped nearly 5% so far this week, extending declines since last week after it warned that it could default.

Moody's Investors Service on Tuesday downgraded its rating, citing "heightened liquidity and default risks." Ratings agency Fitch also followed with a downgrade on Evergrande on Wednesday morning.

Hong Kong's broader Hang Seng index closed 0.12% lower at 26,320.93.

Mainland Chinese stocks closed mildly lower, with the Shanghai composite slipping fractionally to 3,675.19 and the Shenzhen component shedding 0.101% to 14,688.08.

Elsewhere, South Korea's Kospi shed 0.77% to close at 3,162.99 while the S&P/ASX 200 in Australia declined 0.24% on the day to 7,512.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.89% to close at 30,181.21 while the Topix index gained 0.79% to finish the trading day at 2,079.61.

Japan's economy saw 1.9% annualized growth in the April to June quarter, higher than the initial estimate for a 1.3% rise, revised government data showed Wednesday.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.61%.

Overnight stateside, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 269.09 points to 35,100 while the S&P 500 shed 0.34% to 4,520.03. The Nasdaq Composite advanced fractionally to 15,374.33.

The mixed moves stateside came as concerns over the potential economic hit of the delta variant weighed on investor sentiment, with Goldman Sachs downgrading its U.S. economic growth outlook over the weekend.

Bitcoin falls

Bitcoin's price fell following a recent surge above $52,000. It was last trading at $44,536.32 as of 4:22 a.m. ET Wednesday, according to data from Coin Metrics. The volatile moves in the cryptocurrency's price came as El Salvador on Tuesday officially adopted bitcoin as legal tender, becoming the first country to do so.

The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 92.66 following a recent climb from below 92.4.

The Japanese yen traded at 110.14 per dollar, weaker than levels below 109.8 seen against the greenback yesterday. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7351 after yesterday's decline from levels above $0.744.

Oil prices were higher in the afternoon of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures rising slightly to $71.72 per barrel. U.S. crude futures advanced 0.15% to $68.45 per barrel.

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