BEIJING — Chinese shares rose sharply on Wednesday, after two days of declines and following gains overnight on U.S. equities.
The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index went up 4.89 percent to end at 3,152.26 points. The Shenzhen Component Index rose 6.45 percent to close at 9,890.43 points.
Total turnover on the two bourses was 566.78 billion yuan (88. 98 billion U.S. dollars), up from the 477.61 billion yuan registered on Tuesday.
SEOUL — Seoul shares ended higher on Wednesday.
The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) advanced 37.89 points, or 1.96 percent, to 1,975.45 at the close. Trading volume stood at 577.39 million shares worth 5.84 trillion won (4.97 billion U.S. dollars).
TOKYO — Tokyo stocks rose 0.81 percent Wednesday following overnight gains on Wall Street.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average was up 145.12 points, from Tuesday at 18,171.60. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange gained 10.36 points, or 0.71 percent, to 1,472.60.
The turnover was 2,152.03 billion yen (about 17.90 billion U.S. dollars
SYDNEY — The Australian share market closed 1.5 percent higher with all eyes on the U.S. Federal Reserves interest rate decision at the end of this week.
At the close on Wednesday, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was 80.5 points, or 1.6 percent, higher at 5,098.9, while the broader All Ordinaries index was up 76.9 points, or 1.52 percent, at 5,123. 5.
HONG KONG — Taiwan’s share prices closed up 0.88 percent on Wednesday with the weighted index up 73.30 points at 8,333.29, according to news reaching here from Taipei.
Turnover totaled 80.42 billion new Taiwan dollars (2.47 billion U.S. dollars) during the trading session.
MANILA — Philippine shares closed 0.07 percent higher on Wednesday.
The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index increased by 4.91 points to 7,093.92. The all-share index went up by 5.64 points, or 0.14 percent, to 4,046.26.
Trading volume reached 1.47 billion shares worth 7.07 billion pesos (151.25 million U.S. dollars).
HO CHI MINH CITY — VN-Index, the stock market index of Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City bourse in southern Vietnam, closed at 564.13 points on Wednesday, up 0.86 points, or 0.15 percent, against the previous trading day’s closing session.
About 74.657 million shares worth 1.223 trillion Vietnamese dong (VND) (55.89 million U.S. dollars) changed hands at the southern HCM City Stock Exchange. Prices of 104 stocks went up, 85 stocks fell down, while 88 stocks remained unchanged.
HANOI — Stock market index of Vietnam’s capital Hanoi, HNX- Index, closed at 76.69 points on Wednesday, up 0.06 points, or 0. 08 percent, against the previous trading session.
A total of some 26.467 million shares worth around 289.034 billion Vietnamese dong (some 13.26 million U.S. dollars) were traded at the Hanoi Stock Exchange on Wednesday, a decrease of 9.4 percent in volume and 17.35 percent in value against the previous trading session.
HONG KONG — Hong Kong stocks moved up 511.43 points, or 2.38 percent, on Wednesday at 21,966.66 points.
The benchmark Hang Seng Index traded between 21,608.50 and 22, 103.06. Turnover totaled 83.28 billion HK dollars (about 10.75 billion U.S. dollars).
JAKARTA — Indonesian shares closed lower by 14.65 points, or 0. 34 percent, to a level of 4,332.51 on Wednesday.
Some 211,532 transactions were booked, involving 5.19 billion shares worth 3.63 trillion rupiah (about 251.21 million U.S. dollars).
SINGAPORE — Singapore stocks finished higher on Wednesday, with the benchmark Straits Times Index (STI) up 26.80 points, or 0. 94 percent, to close at 2,868.74.
A total of 1.33 billion shares changed hands with a turnover of 1.10 billion Singapore dollars (784.5 million U.S. dollars).
BANGKOK — The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) index Wednesday moved up 11.15 points, or 0.81 percent to close at 1,381.80 points.
Some 8.92 billion shares worth 35.93 billion baht (about 1.00 billion U.S. dollars) changed hands. Enditem