Global stock indexes mostly rose, as investors continued to focus on the potential for a recovery in business activity in the months ahead, and to look beyond recent grim economic data.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index traded 1.6% higher on Monday afternoon. Japan’s Nikkei 225 closed 1.1% higher while Australia’s benchmark S&P/ASX 200 gained 1.4%. Meanwhile, the Shanghai Composite declined slightly and South Korea’s Kospi Composite lost 0.5%

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