July 17 Asia-Pacific stocks news summary


VIENTIANE — The Lao stock market finished on Friday with the composite index unchanged at 1,325.95.stocks
A total of 10,556 shares worth about 72 million Lao kip (about 9,000 U.S. dollars) changed hands at the stock market.
TOKYO — Tokyo stocks rose 0.25 percent on Friday as investors were reluctant to chase the upside aggressively ahead of a three- day weekend and earnings reports starting next week.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average was up 50.80 points, from Thursday at 20,650.92. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange gained 2.11 points, or 0.13 percent, higher at 1,662.94. The turnover was 2,044.92 billion yen (about 16.48 billion U.S. dollars
SYDNEY — Despite only marginal gains on Friday, Aussie stocks have posted their best weekly gain since early February, as global market events take a back seat.
At the 4.15 p.m. (AEST) official market close on Friday, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 was up 0.5 points, or 0.01 per cent, at 5,670. 1, while the broader All Ordinaries index gained 2.7 points, or 0. 05 per cent, at 5,652.5.
SEOUL — Seoul shares ended lower on Friday.
The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) declined 11.10 points, or 0.53 percent, to 2,076.79 at the close. Trading volume stood at 806.12 million shares worth 8.32 trillion won (7.25 billion U.S. dollars).
SHANGHAI — Chinese shares surged more than 3 percent on Friday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index up 3.51 percent to close at 3,957.35 points.
The smaller Shenzhen Component Index soared 5.24 percent to close at 13,004.96 points.
TAIPEI — Taiwan’s share prices closed up 0.04 percent on Friday with the weighted index up 3.77 points at 9,045.98, according to news reaching here from Taipei.
Turnover totaled 75.80 billion new Taiwan dollars (about 2.44 billion U.S. dollars) during the trading session.
HO CHI MINH CITY — VN-Index, the stock market index of Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City bourse in south Vietnam, closed at 628.63 points on Friday, up 1.73 points, or 0.28 percent,against the previous trading day’s closing session.
About 106.876 million shares worth 1.810 trillion Vietnamese dong (VND) (83.52 million U.S. dollars) changed hands at the southern HCM City Stock Exchange. Prices of 131 stocks went up, 81 stocks fell down, while 70 stocks remained unchanged.
HONG KONG — Hong Kong stocks closed up 252.49 points, or 1.0 percent to 25,415.27 points on Friday.
The benchmark Hang Seng Index traded between 25,183.86 and 25, 517.45. Turnover totaled 95.10 billion HK dollars (about 12.26 billion U.S. dollars).
HANOI — Stock market index of Vietnam’s capital Hanoi, HNX- Index, closed at 87.07 points on Friday, down 0.51 points, or 0.59 percent, against the previous trading session.
A total of 47.524 million shares worth 576.454 billion Vietnamese dong (26.69 million U.S. dollars) were traded at the Hanoi Stock Exchange on Friday, a decrease of 16.05 percent in volume and 21.14 percent in value against the previous trading session.
BANGKOK — The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) index Friday moved down 1.95 points, or 0.13 percent to close at 1,479.31 points.
Some 6.77 billion shares worth 27.15 billion baht (about 800 million U.S. dollars) changed hands. Enditem

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