Asian stocks rose after China's factory output and retail sales topped forecasts and the U.S. unemployment rate unexpectedly fell.
Japanese benchmark index Nikkei 225 rose 27.02 points, or 0.28%, to trade at 9,554.41. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index advanced by 186.39 points, or 0.84%, to trade at 22,377.56. China's Shanghai Composite increased 5.54 points, or 0.27% to trade at 2,067.32.
Taiwan's Taiex index fell 20.75 points, or 0.32%, to trade at 7,617.68. South Korea's Kospi index increased 8.57 points, or 0.46% to trade at 1,966.54. Singapore's Straits Times indexed advanced 29.27 points, or to 0.94% trade at 3,136.38 (07.19 a.m., IST).