Asia-Pacific stocks experienced mixed performance on Thursday, Jan. 25, with Hong Kong’s shares leading the gains for the third consecutive session.

Hong Kong

The Hang Seng Index (HK:HSI) of Hong Kong companies surged by 2.0% to reach 16,211.96. Gas utilities company ENN Energy Holdings (HK:2688) witnessed the largest increase as its shares skyrocketed by 12.4%. Real estate services/transactions firm Longfor Group Holdings (HK:960) and integrated oil/gas company PetroChina (HK:857) also saw significant gains of 8.1% and 8.0%, respectively. On the other hand, renewable energy equipment company Xinyi Solar Holdings (HK:968) experienced a decline, with shares falling by 5.9%. Medical laboratory services firm WuXi AppTec (HK:2359) and sanitary paper products company Hengan International (HK:1044) also saw a decrease of 2.3% each.

Japan

The Nikkei 225 Index (JP:NIK) of Japanese companies remained stable at 36,236.47. Printing inks company DIC Corp (JP:4631) was the top performer, with shares rising by 5.5%. Paper mills firm Nippon Paper Industries (JP:3863) and measuring/precision instruments company Lasertec (JP:6920) also experienced positive growth of 4.9% and 4.1% respectively. Conversely, games software company NEXON (JP:3659) witnessed a decline, with shares falling by 4.1%. Electrical components/equipment firm Nidec (JP:6594) and human resources consulting company Recruit Holdings (HK:6098) weakened by 3.2% and 3.0% respectively.

Other Markets

In China, the Shanghai Composite Index (CN:SHCOMP) of Chinese companies surged by 3.0% to reach 2,906.11. Meanwhile, Singapore’s FTSE Straits Times Index (SG:STI) declined by 0.3% to 3,145.18. South Korea’s KOSPI Composite Index (KR:180721) and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Benchmark Index (AU:XJO) remained stable at 2,470.34 and rose 0.5% to 7,555.40 respectively.

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