China Shares End Lower as Trade Fears, Lean Growth Rate Sap Sentiment

Shares in China extended losses on Friday for their worst week since February, as Sino-U.S. trade fears continue to cast gloom over markets, while a vaccine scandal undermined confidence in consumer and healthcare firms, amid a slow domestic growth rate.

At the close, the Shanghai Composite index was down 26.94 points or 1 percent at 2,768.02. For the week, the index lost 4.6 percent, its worst performance since early February.

The blue-chip CSI300 index was down 1.65 percent. It lost 5.9 percent for the week.

The financial sector sub-index closed down 0.46 percent, the consumer staples sector ended 2.1 percent lower, the real estate index ended down 1.8 percent and healthcare sub-index closed 3.34 percent lower.

Source : Reuters

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Asian Stocks Decline as Bank of Japan Leaves Key Rate Unchanged

Asian stocks fell, dragged by technology names after lower-than-expected profits from Samsung Electronics Co. and a decline in U.S. technology bellwethers. Japanese stocks and the yen fluctuated after the Bank of Japan left its key policy rate unchanged.

The MSCI Asia Pacific Index slipped 0.6 percent to 167.14 as of 4:47 p.m. in Hong Kong. Japan’s Topix index pared its decline to close down 0.8 percent after the BOJ concluded its policy meeting on Tuesday.

The central bank announced policy tweaks including a shift in purchases of exchange-traded funds toward assets linked to the Topix equities index and flexibility in bond operations.

Taiex +0.2%, Kospi index +0.1%, Kospi 200 index +0.1%, S&P/ASX 200 and New Zealand’s S&P/NZX 50 little changed.

Straits Times Index +0.5%, Malaysia’s KLCI +0.5%, Jakarta Composite Index -1.9%, Thailand’s SET Index -0.1%, Philippine Stock Exchange PSEi Index -1.3%, Vietnam’s VN-Index +0.7%.

Source: Bloomberg

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European Markets Close Higher Ahead of Fed Rate Decision

European markets closed higher Wednesday afternoon, as investors waited for the latest monetary policy decision from the U.S. Federal Reserve.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 index closed 0.2 percent higher at 388.25 provisionally with most sectors finishing in positive territory.

Source : CNBC

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