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Asian-Market-100912_28Aug14.jpg Asian stock markets are mostly trading lower on Friday, tracking the negative lead overnight from Wall Street and on worries about the escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia.

The Japanese stock market is trading lower on Friday, as investors reacted to worries over the escalating tensions in Ukraine as well as a mixed bag of local economic data. In late-morning trades, the benchmark Nikkei 225 Index is down 82.29 points or 0.53 percent to 15,377.57, after opening lower...

The Thai stock market has closed lower in two of three trading days since the end of the five-day winning streak in which it had gathered more than 20 points or 1.3 percent. The Stock Exchange of Thailand ended just below the 1,560-point plateau, although the market is expected to see renewed selling...

The Indonesia stock market has climbed higher now in two straight sessions, gathering almost 40 points or 0.8 percent along the way. The Jakarta Composite Index ended just below the 5,185-point plateau, although the market figures to hand back those gains on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian...

The Australian stock market pared early losses and is trading in positive territory on Friday, with investors reacting to a slew of corporate earnings reports. The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index is trading at 5627.80, up 3.40 points or 0.06 percent, after touching a low of 5,615.40 in early trades....

The Hong Kong stock market has closed low now in three straight sessions, giving away more than 425 points or 1.7 percent along the way. The Hang Seng Index ended just above the 24,740-point plateau, and the market is tipped to open in the red again on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian markets...

The China stock market turned south again on Thursday, one day after it had ended the two-day slide in which it had retreated almost 35 points or 1.5 percent. The Shanghai Composite Index settled just above the 2,195-point plateau, and the market may take further damage on Friday. The global forecast...

The Taiwan stock market on Thursday snapped the four-day winning streak in which it had collected more than 230 points or 2.4 percent. The Taiwan Stock Exchange ended just below the 9,480-point plateau, and the losses may accelerate on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian markets is negative,...

The Singapore stock market has tracked lower in two of three trading days since the end of the five-day winning streak in which it had collected more than 15 points or 0.5 percent. The Straits Times Index settled just above the 3,330-point plateau, and the market may extend its losses on Friday. The...

The Malaysia stock market has closed higher now in back-to-back trading days, collecting almost 15 points or 0.8 percent along the way. The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index finished just above the 1,875-point plateau, although the market figures to consolidate on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian...

The South Korea stock market has finished higher now in five straight trading days, advancing more than 30 points or 1.5 percent along the way. The KOSPI ended just above the 2,075-point plateau, and now investors may lock in gains on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian markets is negative,...

Asian-Markets1_27Aug14.jpg Asian stock markets are mostly sluggish on Thursday, with investors looking for direction following a flat close on Wall Street overnight. Amid a lack of market-moving economic news, investors are mostly seen tracking corporate earnings reports. Though some of the markets are off their early lows, buying interest is somewhat subdued.

The Japanese stock market is trading lower on Thursday, with a slightly weaker yen and the overnight flat close on Wall Street prompting investors to take some profits. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index is down 75.6 points or 0.5 percent at 15,459.2, after having declined to 15,423.9 earlier. Tokai...

The Thai stock market bounced right back to the upside again on Wednesday, one day after it had ended the five-day winning streak in which it had gathered more than 20 points or 1.3 percent. The Stock Exchange of Thailand settled just below the 1,565-point plateau, and now the market is looking at a...

The Indonesia stock market on Wednesday snapped the three-day slide in which it had tumbled almost 60 points or 1.2 percent. The Jakarta Composite Index settled just above the 5,165-point plateau, and the market is expected to show little movement on Thursday. The global forecast for the Asian markets...