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Asia stocks lose steam

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Asian shares lost momentum on Friday, with the region's biggest market, the Nikkei 225, down by 0.3% as a stronger yen hit the outlook for Japanese exporters' profits.

In China, both the Shanghai Composite and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong were also down by 0.3%. 

The losses come after global stocks rallied when the US and Japanese central banks decided to keep their easy-money policies in place. 

The Kospi in South Korea ended flat and only Australia's ASX 200 managed to clock some gains, wrapping the day 1.1% higher, seeing its biggest weekly gain in two months.


Nikkei down on stronger yen

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Japanese shares traded lower on Friday as the strengthening yen hurt exporters' prospects. 

The Nikkei 225 is down 0.2% with most of the country's main car makers trading lower. 

Chinese markets traded sideways with both the Hang Seng in Hong Kong and the mainland Shanghai Composite flat just after midday. 

South Korea's Kospi is also flat while in Australia, the ASX 200 is up by 1%, led by financial stocks still rallying on Wednesday's Fed decision not to raise interest rates. 



Asian shares wrap on a high

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The good news from the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan did the trick for Asian markets on Wednesday, sending stocks across the region higher. 

In China, Hong Kong's Hang Seng wrapped trading 0.4% higher while the mainland benchmark Shanghai Composite jumped by 0.5%. 

Australia's ASX 200 closed 0.7% higher, while in South Korea the Kospi finished 0.7% higher after the morning session. 

Shares of embattled Hanjin Shipping jumped by almost 30% on news that its largest shareholder agreed to provide some emergency cash

Japan's Nikkei 225 was closed for a holiday. 


Asian stocks rally on Fed

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So both the Bank of Japan and the US Federal Reserve played by the book, not upsetting their policies and staying in line with expectations. 

And that was enough to send stock higher across Asia on Thursday morning. 

In China, Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up by 0.9% while the mainland benchmark Shanghai Composite jumped by 0.8%. 

Australia's ASX 200 was up by 0.9% while in South Korea, the Kospi traded 1.1% higher after the morning session. 

Seoul's standout shares were those of embattled Hanjin Shipping which soared by almost 30% on news that its largest shareholder agreed to provide some emergency cash

(This post originally said the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo rose 1.9%, but that was Wednesday's rise. It's a public holiday today in Japan - thanks to one of our readers for pointing that out.)



Asian shares wary ahead of Fed

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Asian shares have seen muted trade on Monday as investors await the outcomes of the two-day US Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan policy meetings. 

Japan's Nikkei 225 dropped by some 0.2%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell by the same margin and the mainland Shanghai Composite remained flat. 

Australia's ASX 200 was also flat, while South Korea's Kospi index edged up by some 0.3%. 



Asia markets rise

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Asian shares have started the week higher, ahead of closely-watched central bank action in the US and in Japan. 

Opening after a long weekend, China's Shanghai Composite was 0.6% higher while Hong Kong's Hang Seng traded 1% up. 

South Korea's benchmark Kospi index was 0.8% higher. Samsung Electronics shares were up by 2.6% after the firm said at the weekend that it had sold shares it was holding in four companies in order to free up cash to "focus on the core business."

In Australia, the market open was delayed over a technical glitch and trading was later suspended because of persistent technical problems. 

In Japan, markets were closed for a public holiday. 



Asia markets end higher

Leisha Chi
Business reporter in Singapore

It looks like Asian investors are more comfortable with the dwindling possibility of a US interest rate increase when Federal Reserve meets next week following a recent spate of weak industrial output, retail sales and inflation data.

Asian markets closed higher on Friday following steep falls at the start of the week.

Japan's Nikkei rose 0.7% to 16,519.2 points, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 1% to 5,296.7 points.

Markets in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur and Taipei were closed for public holidays.


Nikkei finally higher again

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Japanese shares have finally managed to climb higher again, after hitting a three-month only yesterday. Asia's largest index, the Nikkei 225 is higher by 0.6% 

With weak data coming in from the US on retail sales and manufacturing output, investors see only a very low chance of an interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve next week. 

In Australia, the ASX 200 is up by 1.1%, clocking its biggest intra-day gain since July. Driving force behind the strengthening index were financial stocks with the 'Big Four' banks gaining 1% to 1.5% in early trading.

South Korean, Chinese and Hong Kong markets are closed for holidays. 



Nikkei keeps falling

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Shares across Asia have mostly traded lower yet again. Weighed down by a drop in oil prices and a weak day on Wall Street, the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo is down by 0.4%. Traders were also nervous about a central bank policy meeting next week. 

According to media reports, the Bank of Japan wants to make its controversial negative interest rate policy a key element of future monetary easing, given that expansions to asset buying near their limits. 

In China, the Shanghai Composite fell by 0.5% while Hong Kong's Hang Seng managed to edge 0.2% higher. Both Australia's ASX 200 and the Kospi in South Korea were up by 0.4%



Asia shares back up

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Looks like yesterday's sharp drop was a one-off, Tuesday saw Asian shares mostly making a turnaround.

The relief came on the back of Fed Governor Lael Brainard calming global markets with remarks suggesting there would be no near-term interest rate hike.

Japan's Nikkei 225 was up by 0.4%. 

In China, Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.8% while the Shanghai Composite was 0.3% down. 

Australia's ASX 200 was flat at noon while in South Korea, the Kospi index was 0.6% higher.

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