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Asian-Market-100912_21May15.jpg Asian stock markets are mostly higher on Friday, tracking the positive lead overnight from Wall Street. Meanwhile, the Japanese market is edging lower amid cautious trades, ahead of the Bank of Japan's monetary policy decision later in the day.

The Japanese stock market edged lower on Friday amid cautious trades, as investors await the Bank of Japan's monetary policy decision later in the day. In late-morning trades, the benchmark Nikkei 225 Index is down 26.40 points or 0.13 percent to 20,176.47, off a low of 20,160.83 earlier. On Thursday,...

The Thai stock market has alternated between positive and negative finishes through the last four trading days since the end of the three-day winning streak in which it had gathered more than 25 points or 1.8 percent. The Stock Exchange of Thailand now rests just above the 1,525-point plateau, and the...

The Indonesia stock market has finished higher now in four straight sessions, advancing almost 95 points or 1.7 percent along the way. The Jakarta Composite Index closed just above the 5,310-point plateau, and the market is looking at additional support on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian...

The Australian stock market is up with modest gains on Friday following the positive cues overnight from Wall Street. Mining and energy stocks are leading the gainers. In late-morning trades, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 Index is adding 24.60 points or 0.43 percent to 5,686.90, off a high of 5,692.10...

The Hong Kong stock market has finished in the red in consecutive trading days, shedding almost 170 points or 0.6 percent along the way. The Hang Seng Index closed just above the 27,520-point plateau, although the market is expected to snap its slide on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian markets...

The China stock market has finished higher now in three straight sessions, surging more than 245 points or 5.7 percent in that span. The Shanghai Composite Index now rests just below the 4,530-point plateau, and the market has a positive lead yet again on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian...

The Taiwan stock market has finished lower now in consecutive trading days, giving away almost 140 points or 1.4 percent in that span. The Taiwan Stock Exchange closed just below the 9,580-point plateau, although the market figures to benefit from bargain hunting on Friday. The global forecast for...

The Singapore stock market picked up less than a point on Thursday, but that was enough to halt the three-day losing streak in which it had fallen almost 25 points or 0.7 percent. The Straits Times Index remained just below the 3,440-point plateau, although the market is looking at additional support...

The Malaysia stock market has finished lower in two of three trading days since the end of the four-day winning streak in which it had collected more than 25 points or 1.4 percent. The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index closed just above the 1,795-point plateau, although the market is expected to rebound on...

The South Korea stock market on Thursday snapped the three-day winning streak in which it had collected more than 30 points or 1.4 percent. The KOSPI settled just above the 2,120-point plateau, although the market may bounce higher again on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian markets suggests...

The Indian markets closed marginally lower on Thursday, as disappointing quarterly results from Tata Steel, downbeat manufacturing data out of China and renewed worries over Greece offset investor optimism that the Federal Reserve is unlikely to raise interest rates anytime soon. The rupee, however,...

Asianmarkets-111914_21May15.jpg Asian shares ended mixed on Thursday in light of subdued cues from Wall Street and downbeat data out of China. Investors took weak Chinese data into their stride as signs of continued weakness in the world's second-largest economy only served to boost expectations of more stimulus. While minutes from...

The Indian markets opened on a flat note on Thursday, tracking mixed global cues and broad dollar strength after the closely-watched Fed meeting minutes contained no outright surprises. The markets elsewhere across the Asia-Pacific region are mostly lower after a private survey showed activity in...

Asian-Markets1_20May15.jpg Asian stock markets are mixed on Thursday following another uninspiring lead overnight from Wall Street and as preliminary data showed that the manufacturing sector in China continued to contract.

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