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China share indexes rise again, with funds moving into blue chips SHANGHAI: China's main share indexes hit another seven-year high on Wednesday, as investors dumped small-cap stocks and shifted money into blue chips.The CSI Financials index rose nearly 3 percent, but the Nasdaq-style ChiNext board at one point was down more than 4 percent from record highs, before reclaiming some losses to end off 2.2 percent.After last month's bull run, mainland stocks face tighter liquidity, as well as rising pressure of profit-taking, according to Qi Yifeng, analyst at consultancy CEBM Group Ltd in Shanghai.There' re signs mainland investors are increasingly interested in Hong Kong stocks.On Wednesday, Chinese investors used the entire 10.5 billion yuan ($1.69 billion) daily investment quota that allows them to buy Hong Kong stocks under the Hong Kong-Shanghai Stock Connect scheme.It was the first time the daily southbound quota has been fully taken up since the scheme was launched in November.The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies ...

Vietnam index down 0.2pc in subdued trade HANOI: Vietnam's benchmark VN Index dipped 0.18 percent at Wednesday's break in volatile trade as sentiment was hurt by foreign net selling in the previous session despite a rally.Hanoi-based Vietcombank, Vietnam's biggest lender by market value, lost 0.84 percent, while food producer Masan Group dropped 1.34 percent and top insurer Baoviet Holdings fell 1.18 percent.Volume stood at 34.5 million shares at midday, compared to the five-day average of 80.8 million, as investors stayed on the ...
Asian shares surge, attention on Fed minutes HONG KONG: Asian markets rallied on Wednesday in the first full day of trade since the Easter weekend, with Hong Kong surging as it reacted for the first time to weak US jobs data that reduced the chances of a rate hike any time soon.With investors awaiting the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy decision and the Japanese central bank holding its monthly meeting, the dollar is edging back up after taking ...
Tokyo stocks up 0.42pc by break TOKYO: Tokyo stocks rose 0.42 percent on Wednesday morning as a weaker yen buoyed exporters while investors await a policy decision by the Bank of Japan.The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange added 82.88 points to 19,723.42 by the break while the Topix index of all first-section issued was up 0.35 percent, 5.50 points, at 1,584.05.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Hong Kong stocks soar 2.38pc at lunch HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks surged 2.38 percent in the morning session Wednesday, their first day of trading after the Easter break, with investors ploughing into the market after weak US jobs data tempered expectations of a interest rate hike.Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng Index added 602.06 points to 25,877.70 by lunch on turnover of HK$132.28 billion ($17.14 billion).In mainland China the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index added 0.12 percent, or 4.61 points, to 3,965.99.The Shenzhen ...
Indian markets fall after RBI keeps rates unchanged MUMBAI: Indian stocks, bonds and rupee fell on Tuesday after the central bank kept interest rates on hold at 7.50 percent and took no action to inject more funds into the financial system, disappointing some investors.In opting to keep the key lending repo rate unchanged, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said it wanted to wait longer to assess inflationary pressures before making its next move, and give banks more time to adjust their lending ...
India's shares erase earlier losses, end flat on metal firms MUMBAI: Indian shares ended flat on Tuesday, rebounding from earlier losses on the back of a late rally in metals and mining stocks such as Jindal Steel and Power Ltd that had lagged the index in recent weeks.That late spurt help indexes recover from earlier disappointment, when the NSE index had fallen as much as 0.8 percent, led by a decline in lenders after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) left interest rates on hold.The ...


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