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Asian-Market-100912_22Oct14.jpg Asian stock markets are mostly trading lower on Thursday with the overnight weak close on Wall Street and reports about a terror attack near the Canadian Parliament Wednesday hurting sentiment. Investors are also digesting a report from HSBC that showed China's manufacturing sector to have expanded in October.

The Japanese stock market opened notably lower Thursday, tracking cues from Wall Street where the major averages closed weak overnight on profit taking. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index is down 107.3 points or 0.7 percent at 15,088.5, after having declined to 15,059.6 earlier. Toyobo Co., Ebara Corp.,...

The Indonesia stock market bounced back to the upside again on Wednesday, one session after it had ended the two-day winning streak in which it had advanced almost 90 points or 1.8 percent. The Jakarta Composite Index closed just below the 5,075-point plateau, although the market may hand back those...

The Australian stock market is trading lower Thursday morning, dragged down by mining and energy stocks. The overnight fall on Wall Street and lower commodity prices are contributing to the weakness in the market. The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index is down 8.2 points at 5,377.7. Earlier, after falling...

The Hong Kong stock market has finished higher now in four straight sessions, climbing more than 500 points or 2.2 percent along the way. The Hang Seng Index settled just above the 23,400-point plateau, although investors figure to lock in gains on Thursday. The global forecast for the Asian markets...

The China stock market has finished lower now in back-to-back sessions, retreating more than 30 points or 1.3 percent along the way. The Shanghai Composite Index settled just above the 2,325-point plateau, and the market may take further damage on Thursday. The global forecast for the Asian markets...

The Taiwan stock market has finished higher in two of three sessions since the end of the three-day losing streak in which it had plummeted more than 250 points or 3 percent. The Taiwan Stock Exchange ended just below the 8,750-point plateau, although profit taking may weigh on the market on Thursday. The...

The South Korea stock market has tracked to the upside in two of three trading days since the end of the three-day slide in which it had tumbled almost 30 points or 1.5 percent. The KOSPI closed just above the 1,935-point plateau, although the market draws a lower open on Thursday. The global forecast...

India's benchmark indexes Sensex and Nifty rose for a fourth consecutive session Wednesday, buoyed by reform measures announced by the government recently. Global cues also remained supportive, with stocks rising broadly across the Asia-Pacific region as strong quarterly results from U.S. technology...

Stock-Market-012714_22Oct14.jpg Asian stocks rose broadly on Wednesday, taking their cues from Wall Street's strong performance overnight, underpinned by strong quarterly results from companies such as Apple, Texas Instruments and United Technologies and talk of economic stimulus in Europe. Adding to the upbeat sentiment, a report...

Indian shares opened higher on Wednesday, tracking firm global cues as solid earnings and economic news from the U.S. as well as talk of economic stimulus in Europe offset recent concerns about the outlook for the global economy. The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex is currently up 185 points or 0.7 percent...

Asian-Markets1_21Oct14.jpg Asian stock markets are trading notably higher on Wednesday, tracking cues from Wall Street where stocks posted strong gains overnight amid speculation of fresh stimulus from the European Central Bank and an upbeat U.S. home sales report.

Indian shares are set to open higher on Wednesday amid growing hopes that the government will unveil further reform measures to bring the economy back on track. The good showing by BJP in Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly polls strengthened Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government at the Centre, giving...

The Japanese stock market opened sharply higher on Wednesday, with the overnight surge on Wall Street and a weaker yen triggering some hectic buying across the board. Speculation that the European Central Bank will announce further stimulus soon is also contributing to the rally in the market. The...

The Thai stock market has finished lower now in back-to-back sessions, although it has faded just a pair of points or 0.15 percent in that span. The Stock Exchange of Thailand remained just above the 1,525-point plateau, although the market is expected to open higher on Wednesday. The global forecast...