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Asian equities were mostly higher on Wednesday, with indices in Japan and Shanghai ending at fresh multi-year highs.
A record finish on Wall Street overnight boosted sentiment in the region. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose to a record finish on Tuesday after data showed November U.S. auto sales clocked their best month since 2003.
Investors also digested data showing Beijing's official non-manufacturing PMI figure rising to 53.9 in November, a touch higher than October's nine-month low of 53.8.
Attention now turns to a raft of U.S. data later on Wednesday, including the ADP report on private payrolls, the ISM non-manufacturing survey and the Federal Reserve's beige book report on the economy.
Shanghai gains 0.6%
China's benchmark Shanghai Composite closed at a new three-year peak for the second consecutive day after a choppy session. On Tuesday, the index surged 3 percent on rumors that the People's Bank of China (PBoC) may unveil a cut in reserve requirements for banks, according to Reuters.
Financials capped larger gains on the index as investors booked profits on recent gains; New China Life Insurance lost 6 percent while Everbright Bank fell 5 percent and China Pacific eased nearly 3 percent.
Hong Kong stocks reversed gains, dropping 0.7 percent after rallying over 1 percent on Tuesday.
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Nikkei 0.3% higher
Japan's benchmark index ended at a new seven-year high, gaining for a fourth straight session, as the yen weakened to a new seven-year low against the U.S. dollar.
Airbag maker Takata surged 2.6 percent on news it is forming an independent review panel to investigate airbag safety issues.
ASX up 0.8%
Australia's benchmark index ended at a one-week high as investors shrugged off data showing the economy grew a slower-than-expected 0.3 percent on quarter during the July-September period. However, the Australian dollar dropped to a fresh four-year low against the greenback on the news.
Ten Network slumped 6 percent after announcing that it received several takeover offers.
Meanwhile, New Zealand stocks rallied over 1 percent.
Kospi adds 0.2%
South Korean shares tracked Asia-wide gains, moving further away from a one-and-a-half week low hit earlier this week.
Hyundai Motor added 0.6 percent despite a 4 percent annual fall in its November U.S. auto sales.
Emerging markets lower
Indian shares snapped their two-day losing streak after the Reserve Bank of India left rates on hold in the previous session.