Sat, 23 Jan 2021

BEIJING -- Chinese stocks closed higher on Monday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index up 1.77 percent, at 3,443.29 points.

The Shenzhen Component Index closed 3.5 percent higher at 14,149.14 points.

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong stocks closed up 44.71 points, or 0.17 percent, to 25,772.12 points on Monday.

The benchmark Hang Seng Index traded between 25,715.24 and 26,103.84. Turnover totaled 171.28 billion Hong Kong dollars (about 22.10 billion U.S. dollars).

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SINGAPORE -- Singapore stocks closed lower on Monday, with the benchmark Straits Times Index (STI) going down 0.81 percent, or 21.57 points, to close at 2,631.08.

A total of 2.08 billion shares changed hands with a turnover of 1.26 billion Singapore dollars (about 906.5 million U.S. dollars). Losers outnumbered gainers by 337 to 166.

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MUMBAI -- Indian markets closed marginally higher on Monday. After a positive start for the day the benchmark indices erased some of the intraday gains but ended higher helped by the IT, FMCG, metal and energy stocks.

The benchmark S&P, BSE Sensex closed at 36,693.69, 99.36 points or 0.27 percent up compared to its previous close at 36,594.33

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TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks closed sharply higher Monday as the market mood inherited an upbeat lead from Wall Street last week and was bolstered by hopes for an anti-viral COVID-19 treatment which has showed some positive results in a U.S. clinical trial.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 493.93 points, or 2.22 percent, from Friday to close the day at 22,784.74.

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HO CHI MINH CITY -- VN-Index, the stock market index of Ho Chi Minh City bourse in southern Vietnam, closed at 868.72 points on Monday, down 2.49 points or 0.29 percent against the previous trading day.

Over 246 million shares worth more than 4.3 trillion Vietnamese dong (188.8 million U.S. dollars) changed hands at the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange. Specifically, foreign investors bought 21.4 million shares totaling 684 billion Vietnamese dong (29.7 million U.S. dollars), and sold over 28 million shares totaling 646 billion Vietnamese dong (28.1 million U.S. dollars).

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KUALA LUMPUR -- The Malaysian stock market ended higher here on Monday.

The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI) was at 1,606.43, up 14.59 points or 0.92 percent, and the Emas was at 11,318.82, up 112.01 points or 1.00 percent.

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BANGKOK -- The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) index on Monday moved down 8.13 points, or 0.60 percent to close at 1,342.37 points.

Some 17.44 billion shares worth 62.37 billion baht (about 2.00 billion U.S. dollars) changed hands.

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JAKARTA -- The IDX Composite, an index of all stocks listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) in Jakarta, closed at 5,064.45 points on Monday, up by 33.19 points, or 0.66 percent against that on the previous trading day.

Approximately 7.77 billion shares worth more than 6.26 trillion Indonesian rupiahs (about 434.94 million U.S. dollars) changed hands at the stock market.

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VIENTIANE -- The Lao stock market closed on Monday with a decrease of 2.50 percent compared to the previous trading day.

The Lao Securities Exchange composite index decreased by 14.87 points, reaching 580.09 points after closing.

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand stock market's indicator, the S&P/NZX 50 index, jumped by 0.35 percent to 11,435 on Monday.

The jump was led by Blackwell Global Holdings Limited, which went up by 8.33 percent to 0.026 NZ dollars (0.017 U.S. dollars), while Restaurant Brands New Zealand Limited dropped by 6.3 percent to 11.31 NZ dollars.

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SEOUL -- South Korean shares ended higher Monday.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) gained 35.81 points, or 1.67 percent, to settle at 2,186.06. Trading volume stood at 641.5 million shares worth 10.3 trillion won (8.6 billion U.S. dollars).

The local currency finished at 1,200.9 won versus the greenback, up 3.6 won from the previous close.

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MANILA -- Philippine shares closed 0.40 percent lower on Monday.

The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index decreased by 24.81 points to 6,172.57. The all-share index went down by 18.85 points, or 0.52 percent, to 3,633.75.

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