Asian-Pacific markets rose Thursday after China's official purchasing managers index rose to 50.3 in July, from 50.1 in June, indicating that manufacturing is still expanding. Japan's Nikkei 225 jumped 2.5%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 1%. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.2%. China's Shanghai Composite added 1.8%. South Korea's Kospi was up 0.4%. India's Sensex was down 0.2%.

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