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Indian shares ended a choppy session on a flat note Friday after two days of gains. While auto, oil and metal stocks advanced, financials succumbed to selling pressure after RBI MPC minutes expressed concerns about growth. The benchmark 30-share BSE Sensex ended the session down 26.87 points or 0.07...

asian-mixed2_22feb19.jpg Asian stocks ended mixed on Friday as hopes for Chinese stimulus helped offset weak economic readings from the U.S. and Europe. Investors continued to keep a close eye on high-level talks between U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators in Washington, as the two sides face a March 1 deadline to avoid a...

Indian shares opened flat to slightly lower on Friday as weak data from both the U.S. and Europe rekindled growth worries. Investors also awaited further developments on U.S.-China trade talks. The benchmark BSE Sensex was down 67 points or 0.19 percent at 35,830 after two days of gains. The broader...

asiancommentary-dec19_21feb19.jpg Asian stock markets are mostly lower on Friday following the negative cues from Wall Street as weak economic data from the U.S. and Europe reinforced worries about the global economy and offset optimism about U.S.-China trade talks. The Australian market is advancing after seeing initial weakness, while the Japanese market is declining after four straight days of gains.

Indian shares may follow global peers lower on Friday as investors await further developments on U.S.-China trade talks. Investors may find some solace in minutes of the RBI MPC meeting pushing for lower lending rates to spur growth. Benchmark indexes Sensex and the Nifty rose around half a percent...

The Thai stock market has finished higher in back-to-back trading days, gathering almost a dozen points or 0.7 percent along the way. The Stock Exchange of Thailand remains just above the 1,645-point plateau although it may run out of steam on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian markets is soft...

The Japanese stock market is declining on Friday after four straight days of gains following the overnight losses on Wall Street as disappointing U.S. economic data raised concerns about a global economic slowdown. The benchmark Nikkei 225 Index is losing 73.30 points or 0.34 percent to 21,390.93,...

The Indonesia stock market has moved higher in consecutive trading days, gathering more than 40 points or 0.6 percent along the way. The Jakarta Composite Index now rests just above the 6,535-point plateau although investors may cash in on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian markets is soft...

The Australian stock market is advancing on Friday after seeing initial weakness following the negative cues overnight from Wall Street and on news that China's northern port of Dalian has banned coal imports from Australia. The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index is rising 26.50 points or 0.43 percent to...

The Hong Kong stock market has finished higher in back-to-back trading days, gathering more than 400 points or 1.4 percent along the way. The Hang Seng Index now rests just beneath the 28,630-point plateau although it may be stuck in neutral on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian markets is...

The China stock market on Thursday snapped the three-day winning streak in which it had risen almost 80 points or 3.3 percent. The Shanghai Composite Index now rests just above the 2,750-point plateau and it's expected to open under pressure again on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian markets...

The Taiwan stock market has climbed higher in four straight sessions, gathering more than 250 points or 2.5 percent along the way. The Taiwan Stock Exchange now rests just shy of the 10,320-point plateau although it's overdue for profit taking on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian markets is...

The Singapore stock market on Thursday halted the three-day winning streak in which it had risen more than 40 points or 1.3 percent. The Straits Times Index now rests just above the 3,275-point plateau and it may take further damage on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian markets is soft on disappointing...

The Malaysia stock market has climbed higher in three straight sessions, collecting almost 40 points or 2.3 percent along the way. The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index now rests just above the 1,730-point plateau although investors may lock in gains on Friday. The global forecast for the Asian markets...

The South Korea stock market has alternated between positive and negative finishes through the last five trading days since the end of the four-day winning streak in which it had gathered almost 50 points or 2.2 percent. The KOSPI remains just beneath the 2,230-point plateau although the losses may accelerate...

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