China stocks rose on Thursday, led by consumer and healthcare shares, even as investors appeared to have shrugged off a survey showing weaker-than-expected factory activity growth in the world’s second-largest economy.
The CSI300 index was up 0.6% at 5,079.97 points by the end of the morning session, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.3% to 3,450.36 points.
The Hang Seng index added 1.1% to 28,699.85 points, while the Hong Kong China Enterprises Index gained 1.4% to 11,122.59.
Around the region, MSCI’s Asia ex-Japan stock index was firmer by 0.78% while Japan’s Nikkei index was up 0.64%.
The yuan was quoted at 6.5686 per U.S. dollar, 0.26% weaker than the previous close of 6.5518.