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Evergrande Shares in Hong Kong Surge More Than 17% After Days of Losses; Asia Stocks Mostly Rise

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  • Asia-Pacific stocks mostly rose on Thursday.
  • Reuters reported Thursday that China Evergrande Group's chairman said the firm's top priority is to help wealth investors redeem their products.
  • Questions remained over whether embattled Chinese developer China Evergrande Group will pay the interest due on a dollar-denominated bond on Thursday.

SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific were mostly higher on Thursday as investors in Asia-Pacific continued monitoring the situation surrounding China Evergrande Group.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 1.19% to close at 24,510.98 following losses earlier in the week. It had returned to trade after a holiday on Wednesday.

Shares of China Evergrande Group in the city jumped 17.62%, paring some gains after soaring more than 20% earlier. That was also after days of losses — although its year-to-date plunge is still more than 80%.

Reuters reported Thursday that China Evergrande Group's chairman said the firm's top priority is to help wealth investors redeem their products, though questions remained over whether the embattled Chinese developer will pay the interest due on a dollar-denominated bond on Thursday.

Shares of other Hong Kong-listed Chinese property developers were also up: China Vanke jumped 4.49%, while Sun Hung Kai was up 2.76%. Country Garden soared 7.15%.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong-listed shares of HSBC rose 2.45%. Those gains came after HSBC's CEO said he does not see direct impact from Evergrande's debt problems on the lender, according to Reuters.

Mainland Chinese stocks closed higher, with the Shanghai composite climbing 0.38% to 3,642.22 while the Shenzhen component advanced 0.772% to 14,387.36.

South Korea's Kospi, returning to trade from holidays earlier in the week, slipped 0.41% on the day to 3,127.58. The S&P/ASX 200 in Australia edged 1% higher to close at 7,370.20.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.82%.

Markets in Japan were closed on Thursday.

Overnight stateside, the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 338.48 points to 34,258.32 while the S&P 500 gained 0.95% to 4,395.64. The Nasdaq Composite advanced 1.02% to 14,896.85.

Those gains on Wall Street came as the U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday held steady on interest rates and said the tapering of bond purchases is coming "soon."

Currencies and oil

The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 93.245 following a recent spike from around 93.

The Japanese yen traded at 109.95 per dollar after weakening yesterday from below 109.5 against the greenback. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7266, below levels around $0.728 seen earlier in the week.

Oil prices were higher in the afternoon of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures up 0.13% to $76.29 per barrel. U.S. crude futures edged 0.1% higher to $72.30 per barrel.

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