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By V. Phani Kumar, MarketWatch

HONG KONG (MarketWatch) — Chinese stocks climbed Friday after data showing consumer prices in the country rose at a slower-than-expected rate in July, while Japanese shares inched up on buying in some beaten-down issues.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI -1.41%  rose 0.7%, the Shanghai Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed CN:SHCOMP +0.05%  climbed 0.4% and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 /zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed AU:XJO -0.16%  pared early losses to end 0.2% lower.


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Chinese inflation data helps support gains on Hong Kong’s stock market.

Official data released Friday showed July consumer prices in China rose 2.7%, matching the rate in June but slightly weaker than expectations. Producer prices dropped 2.3%, after witnessing a 2.7% slide in June. July industrial production accelerated to grow 9.7% from a year-earlier, compared with 8.9% in June.

“After all the conjecture over the past month, the latest batch of Chinese economic data was mildly ahead of economist forecasts,” said Savanth Sebastian, an economist at CommSec.

“The good news is that the latest readings don’t suggest that a hard landing is on the cards. ... If more stimulus is required, the central bank is well placed to wade in with additional liquidity, with inflation well contained,” he added.

Meanwhile, Japan’s Nikkei Stock Average /zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed JP:NIK -1.40%  edged up 0.1% after a choppy session, while South Korea’s Kospi /zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed KR:180721 -1.48% slid 0.2%.

Most of the major regional markets ended the week deep in the red. Japan’s Nikkei tumbled 5.9% during the week, while the Australian and Hong Kong benchmarks lost between 1% and 2%. China’s Shanghai Composite defied the trend, gaining 1.1% during the week.

Major movers

Coal miners jumped in Hong Kong amid expectations for rising prices, with China Coal Energy Co. /zigman2/quotes/201486584/delayed HK:1898 -1.45%   /zigman2/quotes/205321671/delayed CCOZY -1.24%  soaring 10.3% and China Shenhua Energy Co. /zigman2/quotes/206065610/delayed HK:1088 -1.10% /zigman2/quotes/206839995/delayed CSUAY +1.34%  climbing 6.1%.

Kunlun Energy Co. /zigman2/quotes/207929595/delayed HK:135 +0.47%   /zigman2/quotes/209475075/delayed KLYCY +1.75%  added 3.6%, helped by Citigroup’s upgrade of the stock’s rating to buy.

In Shanghai, China Shenhua Energy Co. /zigman2/quotes/202621923/delayed CN:601088 -0.95%  rose 0.3% and Datong Coal Industry Co. /zigman2/quotes/204544316/delayed CN:601001 +0.26%  added 1.4%.

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In Tokyo on Friday, shares of Mitsubishi Material Corp. /zigman2/quotes/201126350/delayed JP:5711 -1.32% /zigman2/quotes/203392529/delayed MIMTF 0.00% climbed 9.6% after its results Thursday.

Adding to the gains, Softbank Corp. /zigman2/quotes/207303954/delayed JP:9984 -4.89% /zigman2/quotes/202815238/delayed SFTBF -1.63%  gained 1.1%, and Trend Micro Inc. /zigman2/quotes/206023532/delayed JP:4704 -1.18% /zigman2/quotes/205788499/delayed TMICY -0.96%  added 2.2% to recover some recent losses.

On the downside, Nikon Corp. /zigman2/quotes/203281219/delayed JP:7731 +0.59%   /zigman2/quotes/209396469/delayed NINOY -1.38% plunged 14.3% after its weak fiscal first-quarter results.

In Sydney, diversified miner BHP Billiton Ltd. /zigman2/quotes/201448516/delayed AU:BHP +0.81% /zigman2/quotes/208108397/composite BHP -0.60%  gained 1.8%, and rival Rio Tinto Ltd. /zigman2/quotes/200083756/delayed AU:RIO +0.48% /zigman2/quotes/202627887/composite RIO -0.67%  added 1.3%, while gold company Newcrest Mining Ltd. /zigman2/quotes/203840223/delayed AU:NCM -1.40%   /zigman2/quotes/206026738/delayed NCMGF +4.67%  leapt 2.3%.

But losses in the financial and retail sectors weighed on the market, with Australia & New Zealand Banking Group /zigman2/quotes/205482049/delayed AU:ANZ +0.26% /zigman2/quotes/203732563/delayed ANZBY +0.22%  losing 0.5%, and Wesfarmers Ltd. /zigman2/quotes/204567133/delayed AU:WES -0.44% /zigman2/quotes/201861689/delayed WFAFY +1.04% shedding 0.6%.

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Varahabhotla Phani Kumar is a reporter in MarketWatch's Hong Kong bureau. Follow him on Twitter @MktwKumar.

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