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India's benchmark indexes Sensex and Nifty hit fresh record highs on Monday, with metal stocks leading the gainers, as the prospects of further policy stimulus in Japan, China and Europe raised investors' appetite for risk. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reached out to opposition parties...

Asian-Markets1_24Nov14.jpg Asian stocks rose broadly on Monday in response to increased global stimulus after European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi hinted at further asset purchases and China's central bank surprised the markets by cutting policy rates in order to prop up growth in the world's second-largest economy....

Indian shares opened higher on Monday, tracking firm cues from the U.S. and European markets Friday and a positive trend in other Asian markets this morning, as a surprise interest rate cut in China and the prospects of bigger stimulus from the European Central Bank bolstered investors' appetite for...

Asian-Markets1_23Nov14.jpg Asian markets are notably higher Monday, lifted by an unexpected rate cut announcement from the Chinese central bank last Friday. Recovery in commodity prices and comments from the European Central Bank President Mario Draghi that more stimulus is likely from the ECB to spur eurozone economic growth are also aiding sentiment.

Indian shares are poised to open higher on Monday, tracking firm global cues after central banks in China and Europe signaled additional stimulus measures. China's central bank has cut its benchmark interest rates for the first time since July of 2012 as part of efforts to combat recent signs of...

The Thai stock market on Friday wrote a finish to the two-day slide in which it had tumbled almost a dozen points or 0.8 percent. The Stock Exchange of Thailand ended just below the 1,580-point plateau, and the market is looking at continued strength on Monday. The global forecast for the Asian markets...

The Indonesia stock market turned higher again on Friday, one session after it had ended the four-day winning streak in which it had advanced more than 75 points or 1.5 percent. The Jakarta Composite Index settled just above the 5,110-point plateau, and the market draws another firm start on Monday. The...

The Australian market is higher Monday, lifted by gains in energy and mining stocks on the back of a surprise interest rate cut announcement from the Chinese central bank on Friday. Healthcare and industrials stocks are among the other prominent gainers. The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index is up 58.1...

The Hong Kong stock market on Friday snapped the four-day losing streak in which it had surrendered more than 725 points or 3.1 percent. The Hang Seng Index ended just below the 23,440-point plateau, and the market figures to add to its winnings on Monday. The global forecast for the Asian markets...

The China stock market has finished higher now in two straight sessions, collecting more than 35 points or 1.4 percent along the way. The Shanghai Composite Index closed just above the 2,485-point plateau, and the market may challenge the 2,500-point level on Monday. The global forecast for the Asian...

The Taiwan stock market has finished higher now in three consecutive trading days, collecting more than 230 points or 2.5 percent along the way. The Taiwan Stock Exchange closed just above the 9,090-point plateau, and the market is expected to extend its gains on Monday. The global forecast for the...

The Singapore stock market bounced back to the upside again on Friday, one session after it had halted the two-day winning streak in which it had gathered more than 45 points or 1.3 percent. The Straits Times Index settled just above the 3,345-point plateau, and the market is poised to extend its gains...

The Malaysia stock market has tracked to the downside in back-to-back sessions, giving away more than 15 points or 0.8 percent along the way. The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index settled just above the 1,815-point plateau, although the market may find traction on Monday. The global forecast for the Asian...

The South Korea stock market on Friday wrote a finish to the two-day slide in which it had given away nearly 10 points or 0.5 percent. The KOSPI closed just below the 1,965-point plateau, and the market is looking at additional support again on Monday. The global forecast for the Asian markets is...

India's benchmark indexes Sensex and Nifty hit fresh record closing highs on Friday, with banks spearheading the rally after Kotak Mahindra Bank agreed to buy mid-sized lender ING Vysya Bank in an all-share transaction to create India's fourth largest lender. Positive global cues and hopes that the long-pending...