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By Gina Lee – Asia Pacific stocks were mixed on Friday morning, with investors weighing the impact of China’s latest regulatory tightening alongside the prospect of reduced U.S. Federal Reserve stimulus.

China’s was up 0.21% by 9:54 PM ET (1:54 AM GMT) while the was down 0.23%. Concerns that the impact from China Evergrande Group’s (HK:) will spread continue to grow, and regulatory tightening for sectors from technology to gambling continues to hurt U.S.-listed Chinese shares and casino operators with exposure to Macau.

Hong Kong’s edged up 0.15%.

Japan’s gained 0.54% while South Korea’s edged down 0.11%.

In Australia, the fell 0.85%.

The previous session ended with shares in America falling 0.85% after an volatile session that preceded the expiration of quarterly options and futures.

Meanwhile, data released on Thursday showed that U.S. grew 1.8% month-on-month and grew 0.7% month-on-month in August. September’s was 30.7, while the was at 26.3.

The data also showed that increased to 332,000 over the past week.

The and indexes for September will be released later in the day.

As the COVID-19 Delta variant of economic recovery continues to have an impact on global shares, there will be a second weekly decline in global shares. The continuous inflationary pressures and developments in China both applied pressure. The due to be handed down next week, could be another source of volatility. It remains to be seen whether the decision will provide any clues to the Fed’s timeline to begin asset tapering and hike interest rates.

“Investors just should be prepared for the fact that returns are much more likely to be muted over the next five years than what we’ve really benefited and enjoyed over the last five,” Northern Trust (NASDAQ:) Bank chief investment strategist Jim McDonald told Bloomberg.

He also stated that this outlook includes the possibility of Chinese companies facing greater government intervention resulting in lower valuations.

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