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Tokyo shares finish flat on yen strength TOKYO: Tokyo shares closed flat on Thursday as the benchmark index lost early gains on a stronger yen. The Nikkei 225 index lost 0.37 percent, or 73.47 points, to 19,520.69. But the broader Topix index of all first-section issues rose 0.08 percent, or 1.20 points, to 1,555.68.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2017 ...

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Hong Kong closes flat, Shanghai ticks up HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks closed flat Wednesday while Shanghai rose slightly following strong manufacturing data released the previous day, dealers said.The Hang Seng Index dipped 0.07 percent, or 15.93 points, to end at 22,134.47. But the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.73 percent, or 22.87 points, to 3,158.79.The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, increased 1.15 percent, or 22.84 points, to 2,008.79.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2017 ...

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Tokyo shares jump higher on weaker yen TOKYO: Tokyo shares ended sharply higher on Wednesday on the first trading day of 2017 with investor sentiment boosted by a weaker yen.The benchmark Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange gained 2.51 percent, or 479.79 points, to close at 19,594.16. The broader Topix index of all first-section issues also added 2.36 percent, or 35.87 points, to 1,554.48.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2017 ...

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US stocks open 2017 on a positive note NEW YORK: Wall Street began 2017 on an optimistic note, posting solid gains early Tuesday, amid apparent rising optimism over the incoming Trump administration.US stocks repeatedly broke records in early December on hopes that Trump and the Republican-led Congress would cut taxes and streamline regulations. Markets retreated somewhat in the final part of the month.About 35 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at 19,893.01, up 0.7 percent.The broad-based S&P 500 rose 0.8 ...

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China stocks start 2017 firmer, aided by stronger factory growth SHANGHAI: China stocks started the first trading day of 2017 on a solid footing as concerns of a liquidity crunch faded and strong factory growth offered more signs of a stabilising economy.The blue-chip CSI300 index rose 1.0 percent to 3,342.23 points, while the Shanghai Composite Index also gained 1 percent to 3,135.92 points.The CSI300 index ended 2016 with an 11.3 percent loss - its worst performance for five years.Investors welcomed a private business survey showing ...

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Hong Kong, Shanghai up at the break HONG KONG: Hong Kong and Shanghai stocks were up at the break Tuesday after opening flat on the first trading day of the year.The Hang Seng Index climbed 0.49 percent, or 108.28 points, to 22,108.84 at lunch.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.71 percent, or 21.92 points, to 3,125.56. The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, gained 0.61 percent, or 12.04 points, to 1,981.15.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2017 ...

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South Korean stocks, won start new year on quiet note, await US cues SEOUL: South Korean shares and the won got off to a muted start to 2017 on Monday with major global markets closed and investors awaiting the release of US Federal Reserve meeting minutes and December jobs data for near-term trading clues. The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) closed at 2,026.16 points, little changed from its previous close of 2,026.46.The index gained 3.3 percent in 2016, its best yearly performance since 2012.Offshore investors bought a ...