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Major Asia markets drop at least 1%; shares of Chinese developer Fantasia plunge in return to trade

Reports from Asia says Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index dropped 1.18% by the afternoon, with shares of Chinese real estate firm Fantasia Holdings plunging 36.61% after returning to trade. Fantasia — whose Hong Kong-listed stock was suspended for more than a month — failed to repay a $206 million bond that matured early October.

Mainland Chinese stocks declined as the Shanghai composite fell 1.2% while the Shenzhen component slipped 1.226%.

China’s consumer inflation for October came in roughly in line with expectations, according to official data released Wednesday. The consumer price index for October rose 1.5% from last year, against expectations in a Reuters poll for a 1.4% increase.

Producer prices, however, rose more than expected. The producer price index for October surged 13.5% from last year, above expectations in a Reuters poll for a 12.4% gain.

The Nikkei 225 in Japan slipped 0.66% while the Topix index fell 0.6%. South Korea’s Kospi slipped 1.1%.

Shares in Australia edged lower, with the S&P/ASX 200 declining 0.27%.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan traded 0.63% lower.

U.S. inflation data for October is also set to be released later Wednesday stateside.

Currencies and oil

The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 94.030 following a recent bounce from around 93.9.

The Japanese yen traded at 112.82 per dollar, stronger than levels above 113.5 seen against the greenback earlier in the trading week. The Australian dollar was at $0.7365 following a recent drop from above $0.74.

Oil prices were higher in the afternoon of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures rising 0.26% to $85 per barrel. U.S. crude futures were little changed at $84.17 per barrel.

— CNBC’s Weizhen Tan contributed to this report.

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