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The Japanese stock market is trading notably higher on Friday with investors indulging in some buying, tracking quarterly earnings reports. The yen's slight retreat against the U.S. dollar is aiding sentiment to an extent. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index is up 99 points or 0.7 percent at 14,504.0,...

The Indonesia stock market has finished lower now in back-to-back sessions, although it has fallen just 7 points or 0.15 percent in that span. The Jakarta Composite Index closed just above the 4,890-point plateau, and the market may again challenge resistance at 4,900 points on Friday. The global...

The Hong Kong stock market on Thursday halted the two-day slide in which it had given away more than 250 points or 1.1 percent. The Hang Seng Index settled just above the 22,560-point plateau, and the market may extend its gains on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian markets is mixed to slightly...

The China stock market has finished lower now in two straight sessions, retreating more than 15 points or 0.75 percent along the way. The Shanghai Composite Index settled just above the 2,055-point plateau, and now the market is tipped to open higher on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian markets...

The Taiwan stock market has moved lower now in consecutive trading days, dipping nearly 30 points or 0.3 percent along the way. The Taiwan Stock Exchange closed just above the 8,945-point plateau, and the market may see a measure of traction on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian markets is...

The Singapore stock market bounced right back to the upside again on Thursday, one session after it had snapped the five-day winning streak in which it had risen almost 80 points or 2.5 percent. The Straits Times Index closed just below the 3,285-point level, and the market is expected to be rangebound...

The Malaysia stock market gave up just a pair of points on Thursday - but that was enough to halt the five-day winning streak in which it had gathered almost 20 points or 1 percent. The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index settled just above the 1,865-point plateau, and the market figures to remain in that neighborhood...

The South Korea stock market has finished lower in back-to-back sessions, although it has eased just 5 points or 0.2 percent in the process. The KOSPI closed just below the 2,000-point plateau, and now the market may re-test that level on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian markets is mixed...

stock-market-9_24Apr14.jpg Asian stocks swung between gains and losses on Thursday as investors digested softer than expected U.S. home sales data and strong quarterly earnings from tech giants Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. Losses on Wall Street overnight and little progress on a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal kept investors...

Asian-Markets1_23Apr14.jpg Asian stock markets are exhibiting a mixed trend on Thursday, with investors treading cautiously following the overnight weak close on Wall Street. Concerns about the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and a lack of fresh triggers appear to be prompting investors to stay on the sidelines.

The Japanese stock market opened lower on Thursday, tracking cues from Wall Street where profit-taking and a somewhat disappointing March housing data dragged down stocks. Shares from utility, mining, automobile and glass sectors are trading weak, while some key stocks in non-ferrous metals and insurance...

The Thai stock market has finished higher now in six straight sessions, collecting almost 35 points or 2.4 percent in that span. The Stock Exchange of Thailand settled just below the 1,425-point plateau, although now investors figure to lock in gains on Thursday. The global forecast for the Asian...

Despite a weak lead from Wall Street where stocks ended lower overnight on profit taking, the Australian stock market is trading marginally higher on Thursday with investors indulging in some selective buying in mining, industrial and property trust sectors. The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index is up 10.1...

The Indonesia stock market has moved to the downside in two of three trading days since the end of the five-day winning streak in which it had climbed more than 130 points or 2.6 percent. The Jakarta Composite Index settled just below the 4,895-point plateau, and the market may see further consolidation...

The Hong Kong stock market has finished lower now in consecutive trading days, falling more than 250 points or 1.1 percent along the way. The Hang Seng Index closed just above the 22,500-point plateau, and the losses may accelerate for the market on Thursday. The global forecast for the Asian markets...