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.

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