Japanese shares took a breather on Thursday, a day after rallying to more than 10-month highs, as investors waited for signs of progress on U.S.-China trade and Brexit negotiations. The benchmark Nikkei average edged 0.1% higher to 22,503.97 by the midday break, holding within a tight range near its 10-month peak hit on Wednesday. The broader Topix eased 0.2% to 1,628.16, not far from its highest since early December marked the previous day. Japanese chip-related stocks fell, taking their cue from Wall Street peers as well as Dutch ASML, which dropped 4.5% as investors locked in profits...

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Hong Kong stocks dipped in the opening minutes of Wednesday after US lawmakers passed a bill defending Hong Kong protesters' rights, fuelling concerns of a fresh conflict with China. The Hang Seng Index eased 0.16 percent, or 42.18 points, to 26,461.75. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index added 0.05 percent, or 1.56 points, to 2,992.61 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks...

Asian shares took off on Wednesday and sterling held near six-month highs as Britain and the EU made headway on a Brexit deal ahead of a leaders' summit though it remained unclear if London could avoid postponing its scheduled departure on Oct. 31. The British pound rocketed to $1.28, a level not seen since May 21. It gave back some of those gains on Wednesday to be last at $1.2759. The pound...

Tokyo stocks opened higher on Wednesday tracking rallies on Wall Street following a batch of strong corporate earnings, with a cheap yen against the dollar also supporting the Japanese market. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was up 1.20 percent or 266.56 points at 22,473.77 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was up 1.04 percent or 16.77 points at 1,636.97. Source : AFP

Hong Kong shares closed with slight losses Tuesday following three days of gains, while investors were fretting over the limited scope and lack of detail in last week's mini China-US trade deal. The Hang Seng Index eased 0.07 percent, or 17.92 points, to 26,503.93. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.56 percent, or 16.83 points, to 2,991.05, and the Shenzhen Composite Index -- which...

U.S. stocks finished at more-than-three-week highs Tuesday, as investors cheered a raft of largely upbeat corporate earnings reports, while considering the implications of a partial U.S.-China trade deal announced last Friday and the possibility of a breakthrough in Brexit negotiations. The Dow Jones Industrial Average  rose 237.44 points, or 0.9%, to end at 27,024.80, while the S&P...

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