Mon, 18 Jan 2021

BEIJING -- Chinese stocks closed lower on Monday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 0.49 percent, at 3,391.76 points.

The Shenzhen Component Index closed 0.15 percent lower at 13,670.11 points. (China-Market-Stocks)

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SEOUL -- South Korean stocks ended lower Monday.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) dived 42.11 points, or 1.60 percent, to settle at 2,591.34. Trading volume stood at 1.28 billion shares worth 20.4 trillion won (18.4 billion U.S. dollars).

The local currency finished at 1,106.5 won versus the greenback, down 3.3 won from the previous close. (S. Korea-Stocks)

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TOKYO -- The Tokyo stocks were mixed on Monday morning amid concerns that the market was overheated.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average added 22.20 points, or 0.08 percent, from Friday to 26,666.91.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, lost 8.15 points, or 0.46 percent, at 1,778.37. (Japan-Stocks)

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand stock market's indicator, the S&P/NZX 50 index, jumped by 0.98 percent to 12,769 on Monday.

The jump was led by New Talisman Gold Mines Limited, which went up by 20 percent to 0.006 NZ dollars (0.004 U.S. dollars), while QEX Logistics Limited dropped by 8.64 percent to 0.37 NZ dollars. (New Zealand-Stock-Market)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's industrial output stayed flat in October due to the lackluster manufacturing industry, with consumption and investment falling, statistical office data showed Monday.

The seasonally adjusted production in all industries, which exclude the agriculture, forestry and fishery sector, was unchanged in October from the previous month, according to Statistics Korea. (S. Korea-Industrial output)

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) on Friday announced specific plans to expand the Stock Connect, a landmark mutual market access program connecting Hong Kong and mainland equity markets.

The expansion will allow Hong Kong investors to buy some stocks traded in the Sci-Tech Innovation Board of the Shanghai exchange, commonly known as the STAR market, as early as 2021, according to the HKEX statement.

Mainland investors will also be able to buy shares of some Hong Kong-listed biotech companies expectedly from the end of this year. (Hong Kong-Stock Connect)

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SYDNEY -- The Australian share market was retreating from early gains in the morning and finished lower on Monday, continuing its losses for three days in a row.

At the market close the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index was down 83.30 points or 1.26 percent at 6517.80, while the broader All Ordinaries index was down 74.70 points or 1.1 percent at 6,742.10. (Australia-Stock market)

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