Happy Friday, traders.
Shanghai traders bet key data on China's economy would be bad, sending the main benchmark down nearly 1 per cent. The data, released after market close, showed an ongoing slump (details below). Hong Kong's Hang Seng posted the third straight day of declines, with sentiment partly down over the controversial extradition proposal that has sparked big protests.
— Zhang Shidong in Shanghai and Deb Price in Hong Kong