The Jibun Bank Final Japan Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) edged up to 48.9 on a seasonally adjusted basis, up a notch from last week's preliminary reading of 48.6 and compared to October's final reading of 48.4.
Any result below 50 indicates contraction, and above it expansion. Tom Mackenzie reports on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Australia".
China's official factory activity gauge on Saturday also surprised, returning to growth for the first time in seven months as domestic demand picked up in response to stimulus measures.
But they warned that the government needs to step up supportive policies to stimulate demand and shore up growth, as the manufacturing sector still faces downward pressure amid uncertainties surrounding the trade talks between Beijing and Washington. "But it remains to be seen whether the trend will be sustainable, as the risk of weakening demand still exists", said Liu Xuezhi, a senior researcher at the Bank of Communications' Financial Research Center. Notably, new export orders saw the first back-to-back monthly rise for over a year-and-a-half.
Protests in India after woman gang raped and burned to death
Laxman met with Telangana governor Tamilisai Soundararajan and briefed her on the increasing incidence of crimes against women. While a 19-year-girl was raped and killed by a friend on her birthday, a Dalit woman was gang-raped and murdered at Asifabad.
GOP congressman determined to get Adam Schiff to testify in impeachment hearings
Democrats were aiming for a final House vote by Christmas, which would set the stage for a likely Senate trial in January. Constitution from a panel of legal experts that has yet to be named.
Cryptocurrency expert arrested for talking to North Korea about avoiding sanctions
Though the charges were filed in New York, Griffith is scheduled to first appear in federal court in Los Angeles sometime Friday. Griffith is also part of the Ethereum Foundation's Special Projects group, according to his Medium profile .
Beijing has a front-loaded 1 trillion yuan ($ 142 billion) of local government bonds in 2020 a special quota for this year and have urged that they be removed and used as early as possible to increase infrastructure investment. Some analysts say that could be a sign that the government is anxious about downward economic pressure.
Its PMI rose to 54,4 points, an increase of 1,6 percent over October.
US President Donald Trump said this week that the world's largest economies are close to reaching agreement on the first phase deal.
A trade deal has now stalled after the U.S. passed legislation backing protesters in Hong Kong, news website Axios reported on Sunday, citing a source close to Trump's negotiating team.
A batch of gloomy data, including weak October exports and retail sales, have painted a dark picture for the economy after figures last month showed growth almost stalled in the third quarter. However, the sector's resilience weakened late a year ago amid a broader economic slowdown.