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Asia-Pacific Stocks Mostly Fall After Hotter-Than-Expected U.S. Inflation Report; New Zealand Dollar Jumps

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  • Singapore's economy grew 14.3% year-on-year in the second quarter, official advanced estimates showed Wednesday. That was slightly above economist expectations for a 14.2% year-on-year jump, according to a Reuters poll.
  • U.S. inflation surged in June at its fastest pace in nearly 13 years, the Labor Department reported Tuesday.
  • The New Zealand dollar jumped 1.09% to $0.7021. The gains came after the Reserve Bank of New Zealand announced Wednesday a reduction in the current level of monetary stimulus.

SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific mostly slipped on Wednesday following a hotter-than-expected U.S. inflation report released overnight.

The Shanghai composite in mainland China fell 1.07% to close at 3,528.50 while the Shenzhen component fell 0.875% to end the trading day at 15,056.32. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index shed 0.69%, as of its final hour of trading.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 closed 0.38% lower at 28,608.49 while the Topix index fell 0.23% on the day to 1,963.16. The Kospi in South Korea dipped 0.2% to close at 3,264.81.

Meanwhile, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 closed 0.31% higher at 7,354.70.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.25%.

In other developments, Singapore's economy grew 14.3% year-on-year in the second quarter, official advanced estimates showed Wednesday. It was slightly above economist expectations for a 14.2% year-on-year jump, according to a Reuters poll.

Still, the economy contracted by 2% as compared with the previous quarter, Singapore's Ministry of Trade and Industry said.

The Straits Times index in Singapore shed 0.33%, as of about 3:03 p.m. local time.

Overnight on Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 107.39 points to 34,888.79 while the S&P 500 slipped 0.35% to 4,369.21. The Nasdaq Composite dipped 0.38% to 14,677.65.

The losses stateside came after the U.S. Labor Department reported Tuesday that in June inflation surged at its fastest pace in nearly 13 years. Consumer prices increase 5.4% in June as compared with a year earlier — the largest monthly gain since August 2008.

New Zealand dollar jumps

The New Zealand dollar jumped 1.09% to $0.7021. The gains came after the Reserve Bank of New Zealand announced a reduction in the current level of monetary stimulus, with additional asset purchases under the Large Scale Asset Purchase program to be halted by July 23.

The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 92.627 after a recent rise from below 92.4.

The Japanese yen traded at 110.47 per dollar, weaker than levels around 110 against the greenback seen earlier in the week. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7461, lower than levels around $0.75 seen yesterday.

Oil prices fell in the afternoon of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures slipping fractionally to $76.43 per barrel. U.S. crude futures shed 0.21% to $75.09 per barrel.

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