- Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed in Wednesday trade.
- Mainland Chinese stocks bounced back after days of losses. The Shanghai Composite gained 2.49% to 2,958.28 while the Shenzhen Component soared 4.372% to 10,652.90. The CSI 300, which tracks the largest mainland-listed stocks, rose 2.94% to 3,895.54.
- The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite slid to a fresh low for 2022 overnight on Wall Street as shares stateside fell sharply.
SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Wednesday as mainland Chinese stocks bounced back after days of losses.
The Shanghai Composite gained 2.49% to close at 2,958.28 while the Shenzhen Component soared 4.372% to 10,652.90. The CSI 300, which tracks the largest mainland-listed stocks, rose 2.94% to 3,895.54.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose about 0.2%, as of its final hour of trading.
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China's industrial profits rose 8.5% year-on-year in the January-March period, official data showed Wednesday.
"I actually am quite impressed at how industrial production and profits have held up in China so far and I actually think that the Covid impact will not be as great as perhaps some analysts think," David Chao, global market strategist for Asia-Pacific ex-Japan at Invesco, told CNBC's "Street Signs Asia" on Wednesday.
"I think the government is going to do whatever they can to stabilize growth and to prop it up," Chao said. "One of the ways is through ensuring that industrial production and manufacturing continues to go on."
Chinese stocks saw heavy losses earlier in the week as investors remain concerned over the Covid situation in mainland. Mass testing recently began in China's capital city of Beijing after a spike in Covid cases was reported over the weekend. That comes as much of Shanghai remains under prolonged lockdown.
"The fear that Beijing is about to join Shanghai in lockdown is palpable," Ray Attrill, head of foreign exchange strategy at National Australia Bank, wrote in a note.
Elsewhere, the Nikkei 225 in Japan declined 1.17% on the day to 26,386.63 while the Topix index dropped 0.94% to 1,860.76. Shares of robot maker Fanuc plunged 5.72%. South Korea's Kospi shed 1.1%, closing at 2,639.06.
Australian stocks closed lower, with the S&P/ASX 200 falling 0.78% to 7,261.20. Australia's consumer price index rose 2.1% in the March 2022 quarter, data from the country's statistics bureau showed Wednesday. That was above expectations in a Reuters poll for a 1.7% rise.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan traded 0.76% lower.
Tech stocks in Asia mixed
Technology stocks in the region were mixed in Wednesday trade, with shares of Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group dipping 0.25%. In South Korea, shares of Samsung Electronics dropped more than 1% while Krafton shed 4.02%.
Hong Kong-listed shares of Chinese tech firms largely saw gains, as Meituan gained 3.37% while Tencent advanced 0.54%. The Hang Seng Tech index advanced around 2%, as of its final hour of trading.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite dropped 3.95% overnight stateside to 12,490.74. The index now sits deeper in bear market territory, at around 23% off its high.
Other indexes on Wall Street also saw sizable losses, with the S&P 500 falling 2.81% to 4,175.20. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 809.28 points, or 2.38%, to 33,240.18.
Currencies and oil
The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 102.49 — above levels below 100.8 seen last week.
The Japanese yen traded at 127.79 per dollar, stronger as compared with levels above 128.1 seen against the greenback earlier this week. The Australian dollar was at $0.7151, still off levels above $0.72 seen yesterday.
Oil prices were higher during the afternoon of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures up 0.64% to $105.66 per barrel. U.S. crude futures climbed 0.55% to $102.26 per barrel.