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Asian stocks stall
Stock markets across Asia stalled on Wednesday as investors kept an eye on the Communist Party Congress in Beijing.
The Shanghai exchange rose 0.3% to 3,381.3 points, but the Shenzen exchange slipped 0.7% to 546.5 points.
Markets elsewhere were lacklustre, with Hong Kong's Hang Seng down slightly at 28,678.8 and Japan's Nikkei edging up just 0.13% to 21,363 points.
South Korea's Kospi and Australia's ASX were also virtually unchanged.
Kobe Steel shares slump again
Business reporter in Singapore
Stocks in Japan's third largest steelmaker - Kobe Steel - have fallen sharply once again after the firm widened the data scandal to include 500 companies, more than double the number originally thought.
"Combined with previously announced clients, it will total about 500 firms," senior Kobe Steel executive Yoshihiko Katsukawa, told a presss conference in Tokyo.
The losses at Kobe Steel were in contrast to Asia's main stock markets which managed to eek out small gains at the end of the trading week.
Tokyo's Nikkei 225 clocked a gain of 0.1%, up 200.46 points, ending the day at 21,155.18.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng closed marginally higher, up 17.4 points at 28,476.43.
Record high for S Korea shares
Stocks in Seoul extended recent gains to hit a fresh record on Thursday, buoyed by another strong finish on Wall Street. The Kospi index ended up 0.7% at 2,475 points.
Confidence is high going into earnings season and heavyweight Samsung is expected to reveal strong profits when its delivers quarterly results on Friday.
The upbeat mood was matched in Tokyo, where the Nikkei 225 index is still trading at levels not seen in more than two decades. It rose 0.4% to end at 20,955.
Elsewhere in Asia, Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 added 0.4% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng also put on 0.4% in afternoon trading.
Nikkei closes at 21-year high
Tokyo's main stock market index closed at its highest level in more than two decades on Wednesday as optimism spread across global markets.
The Nikkei 225 added 0.3%, or 57.7 points, to end at 20,881.2.
It was the best finish for the index since 1996 and follows fresh record highs on Wall Street overnight.
The 21-year high comes in spite of the continuing problems at Japan's Kobe Steel, which has lost more than $1.5bn (£1.1bn) in market value in two days.
Shares in Japan's third largest steelmaker fell nearly 18% on Wednesday, and 22% the previous day after it admitted falsifying product data.
In contrast to the Nikkei's gains, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 101.26 points, or nearly 0.4%, to close at 28,389.57.
Tokyo at 21-year high
Meanwhile in Japan the benchmark index ended at its highest level in more than two decades on Wednesday, as investors in Tokyo join in on a global market rally.
The Nikkei 225 added 0.3%, or 57.7 points, to close at 20,881.2. That’s its best finish since 1996.
Solid corporate results and an upbeat mood on US markets - with a recent string of records on Wall Street - have helped spur gains in Japan.
Japan steel scandal hits Tokyo car stocks
Another bruising day for Kobe Steel. The stock plunged around 17% on Wednesday as the scandal over the safety of its products deepened.
Japan’s third largest steelmaker said in addition to copper and aluminium, data on the quality of its iron ore products may also have been falsified.
Shares of major car makers also lost ground as they sought to assess the safety of their vehicles which may have used the firm's materials.
Toyota shares dropped 0.7%, Mitsubishi Motors sank 1.7%, and Mazda lost 1.9%.
The losses bucked the broader upbeat trend in Japan, with the Nikkei 225 index rising 0.3% in early trading.
Kobe Steel defies Nikkei trend
Business reporter in Singapore
Kobe Steel was one of the biggest losers on Japan's Nikkei 225 after it admitted falsifying data about the strength and durability of its products.
Its shares crashed 22%, to close at 1,068 yen (£7.20; $9.50) - wiping almost a billion dollars off the firm's market value.
Shares in Toyota and Nissan fell about 0.2% after they said they were among the companies that used Kobe Steel materials that could be affected by the falsification.
But these falls defied the upward trend seen in Tokyo with the Nikkei climbing 0.6%, rising by 132.80 points to 20,823.51 at the end of trading this Tuesday.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng also rose by 0.6%, closing 164 points higher at 28,490.83.
China stocks rise
Investors pushed Chinese shares higher on Monday as trading resumed after a week-long break.
Bank stocks were among the big movers as investors played catch-up with gains across global markets while they were shut.
Shanghai Composite index jumped 1.2% while the smaller Shenzen Composite jumped 1.5%.
Elsewhere in Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng slipped 0.3% in afternoon trading, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 put on 0.5%.
Markets in Japan and South Korea were closed for holidays.
Toyota and Mitsubishi shares rally
Business reporter in Singapore
Japanese car makers Toyota and Mitsubishi were among the Nikkei's top winners at in Asia trading this Friday.
Mitsubishi Motor shares added 2.1%, while Toyota's stock gained nearly 1.6%.
But shares in Nissan - Japan's third largest car maker - made more modest gains of just under 0.5%.
That follows word from the Japanese government today that the firm had used unauthorised technicians at five domestic plants.
On Tuesday, Nissan confirmed that it would be recalling 1.2 million vehicles at a cost of more than 25 billion yen (£167m; $220m).
Tokyo's Nikkei closed 0.3% higher, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up slightly with gains of less than 0.2% in mid-afternoon trading.
Qantas soars in quiet Asian trading
Shares of Qantas flew higher in Sydney on Thursday, in an otherwise quiet session across the region.
The airline rallied 3% after Goldman Sachs reportedly upgraded the stock to buy and raised its target price.
It was a rare bright spot on the Australian market, with the broader S&P/ASX 200 index inching up only 0.2%. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index was little changed in afternoon trading.
Markets in China, Hong Kong and South Korea were closed for holidays.