SINGAPORE – Asia Pacific stocks fell mainly in trading on Tuesday as August data showed slower growth in Chinese factory activity.

In mainland China, the Shanghai composite lost 0.75% while the Shenzhen stake lost 1.674%.

China’s factory activity grew more slowly in August compared to the previous month, data released on Tuesday showed. The official purchasing managers’ index for manufacturing was 50.1 in August compared to 50.4 in July.

PMI values ​​above 50 indicate expansion, while those below this value indicate contraction. The PMI readings are sequential and represent a monthly expansion or contraction.

Hong Kong-listed Tencent and Netease stocks fell amid regulatory concerns. They fell 3.18% and 3.46%, respectively, in the city by Tuesday afternoon. It came after new rules released Monday by China’s National Press and Publication Administration showed plans to limit the time people under the age of 18 spend playing video games to just three hours a week.

Hong Kong’s broader Hang Seng index fell 1.43%.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 was up 0.57% while the Topix index was up 0.32%. South Korea’s Kospi gained 0.61%.

Elsewhere in Australia, the S&P / ASX 200 climbed 0.38%.

MSCI’s broadest index for Asia Pacific stocks outside of Japan fell 0.46%.

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Overnight in the States, the S&P 500 rose 0.43% to 4,528.79 while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite rose 0.9% to 15,265.89. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lagged, dropping 55.96 points to 35,399.84 points.

Currencies and oil

The US dollar index, which tracks the greenback versus a basket of its competitors, hit 92.573 after falling above 93.0 last week.

The Japanese yen was trading at 109.86 per dollar, weaker than yesterday against the greenback below 109.8. The Australian dollar was trading at $ 0.7304 and largely held gains after rising below $ 0.72 last week.

Oil prices were lower during Asian trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures falling 0.4% to $ 73.12 a barrel. US crude oil futures declined 0.51% to $ 68.86 a barrel.

– CNBC’s Arjun Kharpal and Lauren Feiner contributed to this report.