Asia-Pacific stocks slip; Tencent and Netease shares drop

SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific fell in Thursday morning trade as investors reacted to the release of China’s August inflation data.

The Shanghai composite in mainland China slipped 0.26% while the Shenzhen component dipped 0.161%.

China’s consumer price index rose 0.8% year-on-year in August, compared to expectations for a 1% increase in a Reuters poll. Meanwhile, the producer price index jumped 9.5% from a year ago, as compared to forecasts of a 9% rise in a Reuters poll.

In Hong Kong, shares of Tencent and Netease dropped 3.81% and 6.91% respectively, after Chinese state media reported that the two were among video game firms summoned to a meeting with regulators.

Issues discussed during the meeting included requiring firms to limit the gaming time for minors, as well as to forbid any form of “account renting services” for minors. New rules were published late August banning those under 18 years old in China from playing online games for more than three hours per week.

The broader Hang Seng index in Hong Kong dropped 1.06%.

Elsewhere, the Nikkei 225 in Japan dipped 0.41% while the Topix index fell 0.39%. South Korea’s Kospi declined 0.82%.

In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 1.11%.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan traded 0.95% lower.

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