Asian stocks rose, with a regional benchmark index trading near a four-month high, after a private measure of Chinese manufacturing jumped more than forecast. Trading on Hong Kong markets was delayed due to a storm.
Delta Electronics Inc. a maker of power-supply packs for notebook computers, surged 6.3 percent, leading technology shares higher. Woori Finance Holdings Co. gained 2.4 percent in Seoul amid speculation sales of its regional bank units will succeed. Newcrest Mining Ltd., Australia’s largest gold producer, dropped 6.4 percent after the price of the precious metal slumped on Sept. 20.
The MSCI Asia Pacific excluding Japan Index climbed 0.2 percent to 470.35 as of 12:41 p.m. in Sydney. The gauge reached a four-month high on Sept. 19 after the Federal Reserve maintained its bond-buying program. Japan’s market is closed today for a holiday.
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