Aust stocks edge up at noon

Local market lifts as Chinese manufacturing sector expands less than forecast.

The Australian stock market edged up at noon after the release of Chinese data showing the manufacturing sector expanded less than expected, while investors wait for news on a partial United States government shutdown.

At 1205 AEST, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was 0.23% higher at 5,230.9 points, while the broader All Ordinaries index edged up 0.2% to 5,228 points.

China's manufacturing purchasing managers' index printed at 51.1 in September, lower than the Bloomberg economists' forecast of 51.6 but a slight lift on the read of 51 in August.

Meanwhile, the US Senate has killed the latest House measure to delay President Barack Obama's health care law as part of a federal funding bill, bringing the government to the brink of shutdown.

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