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As of 15:15 21 August 2017 - Market closed
index value 19393.13 index change: -77.28 index change percentage: down -0.40%
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19509.53
Previous close
19393.13
52 week high
20230.41
52 week low
16251.54

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Today 21.08.2017

07:37

Fortescue Metals stock surges on bumper profit

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Shares in Fortescue Metals rallied in Australian trading after the iron ore miner more than doubled its annual profit.

The firm said higher prices and lower operating costs helped seal a $2.1bn (£1.6 bn) annual profit and announced a record dividend, sending shares up 6.5%.

The miner also signaled that it will diversify away from its core market of Chinese buyers, to sell iron ore to emerging Asian countries and Europe.

18.08.2017

09:06

Lenovo stock skids in soggy Asian session

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Shares in Lenovo slumped Friday as investors reacted to a surprise loss from the computer maker.

The Chinese firm posted its first quarterly loss in nearly two years and warned component shortages would push costs higher.

The company, which recently passed its crown as the world’s largest PC maker to HP, lost $72m in the first quarter. That compares to a profit of $173m for the same period last year.

Shares tumbled 3.6% in Hong Kong trading while the broader Hang Seng index traded down around 1%.

The losses spread across Asia, with falls for major indices in Japan, South Korea and Australia.

17.08.2017

07:17

Australian shares lower as Telstra slashes dividends

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Australia's largest telecommunications company Telstra weighed down the Australian market on Thursday with the company falling to a five-year low and slashing its dividend by 30%.

Australian shares headed slightly lower after losing early momentum, while South Korea's Kospi and China's mainland markets headed higher.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng headed lower and Japan's Nikkei slipped too, weighed down by a stronger yen and shrugging off positive export figures.

16.08.2017

10:45

Cathay Pacific posts big loss

Virginia Harrison
Asia business reporter
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Cathay Pacific has posted a big loss for the first half of 2017 as passengers opted for mainland Chinese competitors and higher fuel costs took their toll.

The Hong Kong-based airline lost HK$2.05bn ($262m; £203m) in the six months to June, compared with a HK$353m profit a year earlier.

The figures were due out earlier today but did not emerge until after markets closed.

It follows a mixed session for Asian markets. Japan’s Nikkei 225 edged down, while South Korea’s Kospi and Australia’s ASX 200 notched modest gains.

15.08.2017

08:29

Asian markets breathe sigh of relief over Korea

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Asian markets headed higher on Tuesday, as investors breathed a collective sigh of relief that tensions between the US and North Korea didn't worsen over the weekend.

South Korea's Kospi closed up 0.6% and the won rebounded from a one-month low, while Japan's Nikkei surged more than 1%.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng also edged higher, as did the major mainland indexes, apparently unfazed by US President Donald Trump's decision to order a inquiry into China's intellectual property practices.

14.08.2017

07:28

Asian shares head higher, despite poor China data

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Asian shares snapped a three-day losing streak on Monday, as investors shrugged off softer than expected Chinese economic data and continued tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng and the major mainland indexes all tracked higher, despite disappointing factory output data, as well as poor investment and retail sales numbers.

Japan's Nikkei bucked the trend, falling about 1% as a stronger yen overshadowed much better-than-expected second quarter economic growth.

11.08.2017

06:03

Asia markets slump as global tensions weigh

Stocks in Asia joined a global slide on Friday as simmering tensions between the US and North Korea sapped investor appetite for risk.

South Korea's Kospi index dropped 1.8%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng traded 1.6% lower and Australia's ASX 200 shed 1.3%. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday.

The falls across Asia track widespread losses on Wall Street amid escalating rhetoric between Pyongyang and Washington.

Many markets are trading at record or multi-year highs, as strong corporate earnings fuelled optimism, leaving them vulnerable to selling pressure.

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10.08.2017

09:17

Wanda Hotel shares jump on restructure plans

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Shares in Wanda Hotel, a Hong Kong-listed arm of Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda, surged more than 20% Thursday after announcing plans to take over the group's theme park business.

The Hang Seng nevertheless closed slightly lower, as did many of the region's indexes, as investors worried about tensions between the US and North Korea.

South Korea's Kospi slumped 0.4% to a seven-week low, while the won currency fell to its weakest position in a month.

Singapore's Straits Times Index was the lone exception,pushed 0.8% higher by financials and industrial stocks.

09.08.2017

07:11

Toshiba stock jumps as delisting fears ease

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Shares in Toshiba jumped 9% early Wednesday on expectations it will meet a deadline to deliver its long-awaited earnings report to regulators.

The embattled electronics firm is due to submit financial statements on Thursday, and local media reported it would get partial sign-off from auditors needed on the accounts.

That would reduce the risk of the firm being delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The moves come in a dreary session for Japanese stocks, with the Nikkei 225 index down 1.5%.

08.08.2017

08:43

Asian stocks mixed as China trade figures disappoint

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Asia markets mostly lost ground Tuesday as fresh trade figures out of Beijing fell short of expectations.

Australia’s ASX 200 lost 0.5%, while Japan’s Nikkei index dipped 0.3%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng bucked the trend with a 0.4% rise.

China’s export and imports grew by less than expected in July, ending a run of strong numbers that had boosted optimism about global growth.

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