Asian stocks were mixed on the first day of the fourth-quarter as investors focused on political unrest in Hong Kong and key Chinese data.
Pro-democracy rallies in Hong Kong gained momentum as China's week-long national day holiday kicked off on Wednesday. Now in its fifth day, the mass campaign has spread to the city's Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district and continues to disrupt businesses.
Hong Kong markets are closed until Friday, while Shanghai markets are shut until October 7.
Meanwhile, China's official purchasing manager's index (PMI) for September came in unchanged from the previous month at 51.1. The data follows HSBC's final PMI reading on Tuesday, which was also unchanged from August.
Sentiment was also impacted by news that the U.S. confirmed one case of the Ebola virus.