Asian markets finished mixed. Japan's Nikkei 225 index added 55.93 points, or 0.54%, to finish at 10,332.57. The market was trading weaker in the morning, due to continuous profit taking in banks, construction, and brokerage firms. Selling by corporate pension funds, those planning to return the substitute investment portion to the government as early as September, were also reported. However, the market started to recover in the afternoon.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index shed 10.29 points, or 0.10%, to close at 10,753.93.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX added 1.67 points, or 0.02%, to 7,442.82.