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Indian shares rose for a fourth consecutive session on Friday, with benchmark indexes Sensex and Nifty both hitting fresh record highs, buoyed by falling crude prices and a positive trend seen across global markets as additional monetary stimulus measures announced by the Bank of Japan added to optimism...

stock-up_31Oct14.jpg Asian stocks rallied on Friday, with Japanese shares climbing sharply to a seven-year high, as additional monetary stimulus measures announced by the Bank of Japan added to optimism over the U.S. economy. Japan's central bank today unexpectedly increased the size of its vast monetary easing program...

Asian-Markets1_31Oct14.jpg Asian stock markets are trading higher on Friday amid improving investor confidence following the release of upbeat economic data from the U.S. overnight. The Japanese market is leading the gains after media reports indicated that the country's $1.2 trillion pension fund will increase its holdings of equities.

Indian shares are gaining ground, tracking firm Asian cues after a reading on U.S. GDP topped estimates and speculation grew that Japan's $1.2 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund will increase holdings of domestic and foreign equities. Rising to a fresh record high, the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex...

The Indian markets may see positive momentum for the fourth straight day as hopes of speedy policy reforms, falling inflation expectations and encouraging earnings raised optimism that the India growth story is still intact. The benchmark indexes Sensex and Nifty hit record highs before closing up...

The winning streak has stretched to six sessions now for the Thai stock market, which has collected almost 40 points or 2.6 percent in that span. The Stock Exchange of Thailand settled just above the 1,565-point plateau, and the market is looking at yet another firm open on Friday. The global forecast...

The Indonesia stock market headed south again on Thursday, one session after it had halted the three-day slide in which it had given away more than 100 points or 2 percent. The Jakarta Composite Index closed just below the 5,060-point plateau, although the market is expected to see renewed support on...

The Hong Kong stock market on Thursday snapped the two-day surge in which it had climbed more than 675 points or 3 percent. The Hang Seng Index settled just above the 23,700-point plateau, although the market is poised to reverse some of that damage on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian markets...

The China stock market has finished higher now in three straight trading days, collecting almost 100 points or 4.1 percent in that span. The Shanghai Composite Index ended just above the 2,390-point plateau, and the market draws another firm open on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian markets...

The Taiwan stock market on Thursday halted the two-day winning streak in which it had surged more than 275 points or 3.1 percent. The Taiwan Stock Exchange ended just below the 8,890-point plateau, although the market May turn higher again on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian markets is upbeat,...

The Singapore stock market has tracked higher now in back-to-back sessions, advancing almost 25 points or 0.7 percent along the way. The Straits Times Index finished just below the 3,235-point plateau, and the market is tipped to open higher again on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian markets...

The Malaysia stock market has closed higher now in six consecutive trading days, collecting more than 45 points or 2.5 percent along the way. The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index settled just above the 1,840-point plateau, and the market is tipped to open higher again on Friday. The global forecast for...

The South Korea stock market has alternated between positive and negative finishes through the last four trading days since the end of the two-day slide in which it had given away almost a dozen points or 0.6 percent. The KOSPI closed just below the 1,960-point plateau, although the market is tipped...

India's key benchmark indexes Sensex and Nifty rallied nearly a percent each to hit record highs on Thursday as investors took the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to end its massive quantitative easing program in their stride. With the Narendra Modi government unveiling a slew of reform initiatives...

Asian-Market-100912_30Oct14.jpg Asian stocks rose broadly on Thursday as investors digested some upbeat corporate earnings reports and took the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to end its massive quantitative easing program in their stride. As widely expected, the Fed repeated its pledge to keep short-term interest rates near zero...