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Shares in Asia Pacific were mostly higher in Thursday morning trade as Chinese inflation data for June was released.

Mainland Chinese stocks, which have already seen a strong performance so far this week, continued to trade in positive territory. The Shanghai composite gained 0.17% in morning trade while the Shenzhen component advanced 0.877%.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index added 0.3%.

Elsewhere, the Nikkei 225 in Japan rose 0.25% in morning trade as shares of conglomerate Softbank Group soared more than 4%. The Topix index, however, slipped 0.27%.

Over in South Korea, the Kospi advanced 0.51%. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.97%.

Overall, the MSCI Asia ex-Japan index traded 0.52% higher.

The moves regionally came following the release of China’s June inflation data.The producer price index slipped 3% year-on-year, according to data from China’s National Bureau of Statistics. That compared against expectations of a 3.2% decline in a Reuters poll of analysts. Meanwhile, the consumer price index rose 2.5% as compared with a year ago, in line with expectations from a Reuters poll.

The coronavirus pandemic also likely continued weighing on investor sentiment as the number of cases in the U.S. surpassed the 3 million mark, according to Johns Hopkins University. As cases and deaths rise, data compiled by Apple Maps shows driving activity is slowing down across the country, which could be a warning sign for the economic comeback.

Globally, more than 11.88 million people have been infected while at least 545,398 lives have been taken, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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