- Asia-Pacific stocks were largely lower on Thursday, with Chinese stocks leading losses regionally.
- Hong Kong-listed casino stocks saw further losses following a heavy sell-off Wednesday.
- Australia's unemployment rate came in lower than expected, but the Australian Bureau of Statistics attributed the decline to a "large fall in participation during the recent lockdowns" rather than strengthening labor market conditions.
SINGAPORE — Asia-Pacific stocks were largely lower on Thursday, with Chinese stocks leading losses regionally.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng index declined 1.46% to close at 24,667.85, with most casino stocks listed in the city seeing a second straight day of sharp losses.
Shares of Wynn Macau in Hong Kong dropped 4.69%, Sands China fell 7.96% and Melco International Development slipped 0.76%. Those moves followed a Wednesday plunge for casino stocks as Macao kicked off a public gaming consultation.
In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 advanced 0.58% on the day to 7,460.20.
Australia's unemployment rate decreased to 4.5% on a seasonally adjusted basis in August, data released Thursday showed, lower than the 4.9% forecast in a Reuters poll. Still, the Australian Bureau of Statistics attributed the decline to a "large fall in participation during the recent lockdowns" rather than strengthening labor market conditions.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.7%.
The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 92.659 as it struggles to recover after declining from above 92.8 earlier in the week.
The Japanese yen traded at 109.35 per dollar, stronger than levels above 110 seen against the greenback earlier this week. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7321, still off levels above $0.735 that were seen earlier this week.