Asian shares fell slightly as declines in Australia and Indonesia offset a gain in Japan's Nikkei 225 Stock Average.
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index retreated 0.2 percent to 164.98 as of 4:29 p.m. in Hong Kong on the fourth quarter's first trading day. Japan's Topix index closed little changed, while the Nikkei 225 climbed 0.5 percent to a 27-year high. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.6 percent. Indonesia's Jakarta Composite Index lost 0.5 percent after an earthquake and tsunami hit the island of Sulawesi, killing more than 800 people.
A Chinese gauge of manufacturing purchasing managers fell to its lowest level in 16 months, while markets in China and Hong Kong were closed for National Day.
South Korea’s Kospi index down 0.2%; Kospi 200 down 0.1%, New Zealand's S&P/NZX 50 down 0.3%.
Straits Times Index down 0.2%; Malaysia's KLCI little changed; Philippine Stock Exchange Index down 0.8%; Vietnam's VN Index down 0.4%; Thailand's SET Index up 0.3%.