LG Electronics said its profit rose 26.5 percent from a year earlier as its mobile business profited for the first time in a year.
SK Hynix said shipment growth would slow in the third quarter as it posted its first drop in quarterly profit in two years.
The Kiwi was crushed as the country's central bank warned against its strength following its decision to hike interest rates.
China's HSBC flash PMI rose to 52 in July as the government's stimulus measures worked their magic, consolidating a recovery in the world's second biggest economy.
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