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Indian shares rise on GST reform hopes; may turn volatile MUMBAI: Indian shares rose on Thursday, snapping a two-session losing streak, on hopes parliament would consider a key reform on a goods and services tax, but traders also braced for volatility ahead of the expiry of derivatives later in the session.Hopes for the GST tax were rising as the idea of setting a relatively low rate for a new Indian sales tax seemed to be gaining traction, as politicians of all stripes met to debate what would be the country's biggest tax reform since independence.The bill has passed the lower house of parliament, but has been blocked in the upper house. Legislators started their winter session on Thursday, which will continue until Dec. 23."GST, that's the key reason why the market is holding on and some amount of short covering on the last day of expiry," said Alex Mathews head of research at Geojit BNP Paribas.The broader NSE index gained ...

SE Asia stocks most fall; Thai telecoms shares weak BANGKOK: Most Southeast Asian stock markets fell on Thursday as investors cut risk holdings ahead of a public holiday in the United States, with late selling in telecoms shares sending the Thai benchmark to a near two-month closing low.Thailand's key SET index declined 1.1 percent to its lowest close since Oct. 5. Shares of mobile phone firm Advanced Info Service dropped 3.2 percent and True Corporation shed 1.8 percent, among actively traded.Concerns about recent high ...
Sri Lankan shares post 4-1/2 month closing low on budget worries COLOMBO: Sri Lankan shares closed at their lowest in four-and-a-half months on Thursday on worries earnings of financial firms would fall after the new budget proposals announced last week were implemented.The main stock index ended 0.67 percent, or 46.62 points, weaker at 6,963.37, its lowest close since July 9, and below its psychological barrier of 7,000."Selling pressure continues after the budget, especially on the banking shares, and it will gradually settle," said a stockbroker asking ...
China energy firms up but Shanghai, Hong Kong buck Asia rally HONG KONG: Chinese energy firms advanced Thursday following the latest moves to reform the country's bloated state-owned enterprises, but the gains were unable to help Hong Kong and Shanghai keep up with an Asia-wide market rally.Another broadly upbeat batch of data on the US economy provided some support on regional trading floors, while tensions over Turkey's shooting down of a Russian fighter jet also eased slightly.PetroChina, the biggest energy producer, said it would sell its ...
Hong Kong, Shanghai shares end lower after early gains HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks reversed a morning rally Thursday to end the day slightly lower on profit-taking while Shanghai closed lower ahead of the restart of initial public offerings next week that dealers fear could hit liquidity.The benchmark Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong edged down 0.04 percent or 9.06 points to finish at 22,488.94.In Shanghai the benchmark composite index lost 0.34 percent, or 12.38 points, to 3,635.55 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which ...
Hong Kong and Shanghai stocks end morning on a high HONG KONG: Hong Kong and Shanghai stocks rallied Thursday morning, with energy firms boosted on hopes for further reforms of China's state-owned enterprises after PetroChina said it was selling off one of its units.The benchmark Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong climbed 0.99 percent, adding 221.63 points to 22,719.63.In Shanghai the benchmark Composite Index rose 0.25 percent, or 9.14 points, to 3,657.07, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, added ...
Tokyo stocks end higher as yen eases after US data TOKYO: Tokyo stocks ended higher on Thursday, in line with a broad rally across Asia following upbeat US data while a weaker yen provided support to Japanese exporters.The benchmark Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange closed up 0.49 percent, or 96.83 points, at 19,944.41, while the broader Topix index of all first-section shares gained 0.48 percent, or 7.65 points, to 1,602.32.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...


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ArrowNikkei 19,944.41 0.49
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