China’s manufacturing gauge unexpectedly strengthened in last month, data showed on Thursday. Manufacturing growth in the UK accelerated last month, while a factory gauge for the eurozone resumed growth after two years of contraction, separate reports released showed on Thursday.
In other markets on Friday:
Wellington added 0.82 percent, or 37.12 points, from Thursday to close at 4,582.89 on Friday.
Manila closed 1.91 percent lower, shedding 127.49 points to 6,533.95.
Mumbai fell 0.79 percent or 153.17 points to 19,162.02 points.