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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...

Stock-Market-012714_21Nov14.jpg Asian stocks recouped early losses to end mostly higher on Friday after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the lower house of parliament for an election and China's central bank reportedly injected funds to boost liquidity in the banking system. Upbeat U.S. data showing broad economic strength...

Indian shares rose notably in early trading on Friday despite mixed global cues. The Asian markets are swinging between gains and losses despite another record close on Wall Street overnight as positive data on home sales, jobless claims and manufacturing reinforced investors' optimism about the world's...

Asian-Markets2_20Nov14.jpg Asian stock markets are mostly trading lower on Friday, with investors treading cautiously amid worries about the global economy on the back of recent weak data out of eurozone and China. Fairly upbeat data out of the U.S. and a recovery in oil prices are limiting the downside to some extent.

Indian shares look set to open on a flat note Friday amid mixed global cues. The rupee's movement will be watched closely after the currency tumbled to a nine-month low yesterday, tracking broad dollar strength on expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will probably hike interest rates in 2015. The...

The Japanese stock market is drifting lower Friday morning, hurt by a stronger yen and on caution ahead of a long weekend. The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who had earlier this week postponed a planned sales tax hike by 18 months, will dissolve the lower house of parliament today. Fresh elections...

The Australian stock market is quite sluggish Friday, with stocks swinging between gains and losses as traders look for direction. Energy stocks are up following a notable increase in crude oil prices. Miners are also higher. Industrials and utilities are weak, while financial, healthcare and consumer...

Indian shares closed marginally higher on Thursday after trading in the red for most part of the day due to profit taking amid weak global cues and slowing buying activity from foreign funds. The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex reversed early losses to end the session up 34.71 points or 0.12 percent at...

Asianmarkets-111914_20Nov14.jpg Asian stocks fell broadly on Thursday, as uncertainty over Fed policy on interest rates and disappointing factory data out of China offset gains from the yen's broad weakness. The minutes of the Federal Reserve's October policy meeting released yesterday showed that policymakers are laying the foundation...

Indian shares opened on a flat note Thursday, tracking mixed global cues. U.S. stocks fell slightly overnight after minutes from the Federal Reserve's October meeting offered little hint on the timing of the first interest-rate increase. The Asian markets are turning in a mixed performance as fresh data...

Stock-Market-012714_19Nov14.jpg Asian markets are turning in a mixed performance on Thursday, with investors looking for fresh triggers. The overnight weak close on Wall Street with a slightly negative reaction to the minutes of the Federal Reserve's later policy meeting is also contributing to some lackluster moves in most of the markets in the Asian region.

Indian shares are seen opening largely unchanged on Thursday, tracking mixed global cues. The benchmark indexes Sensex and Nifty hit fresh record highs before closing down about half a percent each on Wednesday, as weak global cues prompted investors to take some profits off the table following recent...

After opening on a bright note, the Japanese stock market pared some gains Thursday morning, weighed by a stronger yen on the back of an encouraging trade report. The Bank of Japan's announcement on Wednesday that it would keep its stimulus program unchanged prompted a firm start for the market this...

The Thai stock market headed lower again on Wednesday, one session after it had snapped the two-day slide in which it had eased just 8 points or 0.5 percent. The Stock Exchange of Thailand finished just above the 1,575-point plateau, and the market may see additional consolidation on Thursday. The...

The Indonesia stock market has finished higher now in four consecutive trading days, advancing more than 75 points or 1.5 percent in that span. The Jakarta Composite Index settled just above the 5,125-point plateau, although investors may lock in gains on Thursday. The global forecast for the Asian...