Shares in Asia were mainly higher in the first trading day of November trading after a roller coaster October rocked stocks in the region.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index traded 1.72 percent higher in afternoon action.
Those gains were supported by the Thursday morning report of the Caixin-IHS Markit October Purchasing Managers' index (PMI), which came in at 50.1 for October. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected the reading to have dipped slightly to 49.9 from 50.0 in September. The survey covers small and medium-sized enterprises in the country, and a reading above 50 indicates expansion in the sector.