Xinhua summary of Asia-Pacific stocks news at 1100 GMT, June 18

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BEIJING — Chinese stocks closed higher on Thursday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index up 0.12 percent to end at 2,939.32 points.

The Shenzhen Component Index closed 0.65 percent higher at 11,494.55 points.

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BANGKOK — The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) index Thursday moved down 3.20 points, or 0.23 percent to close at 1,372.98 points.

Some 19.99 billion shares worth 70.28 billion baht (about 2.27 billion U.S. dollars) changed hands.

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KUALA LUMPUR — The Malaysian stock market ended lower here on Thursday.

The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI) was at 1,504.91, down 21.41 points or 1.40 percent, and the Emas was at 10,581.87, down 142.50 points or 1.33 percent.

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HANOI — Stock market index of Vietnam’s capital Hanoi, HNX-Index, closed at 112.74 points on Thursday, down 0.53 points or 0.47 percent from the previous trading session.

Prices of 85 stocks went up, 89 stocks dropped, while 182 stocks remained unchanged.

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MUMBAI — Indian markets closed higher on Thursday.

Among the sectors, bank and metal rose 2-3 percent each. Bajaj Finance, Reliance Industries, Muthoot Finance, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank are among the most active stocks on the NSE.

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DHAKA — Bangladesh’s DSE (Dhaka Stock Exchange) Broad Index closed Thursday at 3,960.58 points, down 1.33 points from Wednesday’s finish.

Among a total of 229 issues traded, 14 registered gains and 18 incurred losses while 197 remained unchanged.

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HO CHI MINH CITY — VN-Index, the stock market index of Ho Chi Minh City bourse in southern Vietnam, closed at 855.27 points on Thursday, up 0.83 points, or 0.1 percent against the previous trading day.

On Thursday, VN30-Index, a benchmark index for the southern bourse, which tracks the 30 leading stocks by both market capitalization and liquidity, closed at 797.08 points, up 0.65 points or 0.08 percent.

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VIENTIANE — The lao stock market closed on Thursday with an increase of 0.66 percent compared to the previous trading day.

The Lao Securities Exchange composite index increased by 3.81 points, reaching 579.37 points after closing.

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SINGAPORE — Singapore stocks closed lower on Thursday, with the benchmark Straits Times Index (STI) going down 0.15 percent, or 3.96 points, to close at 2,665.66.

A total of 1.41 billion shares changed hands with a turnover of 1.18 billion Singapore dollars (about 848.07 million U.S. dollars). Losers outnumbered gainers by 198 to 195.

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JAKARTA — The IDX Composite, an index of all stocks listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) in Jakarta, closed at 4,925.25 points on Thursday, down by 62.53 points, or 1.25 percent against that on the previous trading day.

Approximately 8.63 billion shares worth more than 7.31 trillion Indonesian rupiahs (about 520.04 million U.S. dollars) changed hands at the stock market.

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HONG KONG — Hong Kong stocks closed down 16.47 points, or 0.07 percent, to 24,464.94 points on Thursday.

The benchmark Hang Seng Index traded between 24,121.89 and 24,464.94. Turnover totaled 121.61 billion Hong Kong dollars (about 15.69 billion U.S. dollars).

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SYDNEY — The Australian share market sank on Thursday, with all sectors trending lower and consumer stocks sinking the most.

At 10:30 (AEST), the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index was down 55.30 points or 0.92 percent at 5,936.50, while the broader All Ordinaries index was down 57.20 points or 0.94 percent at 6,051.90.

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TOKYO — Tokyo stocks closed lower Thursday as a series of spikes in new daily cases of coronavirus infections across multiple states in the U.S. dented hopes for the pace of the global economic recovery, while a strong yen weighed on exporters.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average lost 100.30 points, or 0.45 percent, from Wednesday to close the day at 22,355.46.

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SEOUL — South Korean shares ended lower Thursday.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) fell 7.57 points, or 0.35 percent, to settle at 2,133.48. Trading volume stood at 754.1 million shares worth 10.8 trillion won (8.9 billion U.S. dollars).

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WELLINGTON — New Zealand stock market’s indicator, the S&P/NZX 50 index, dropped by 0.97 percent to 11,225 on Thursday.

The drop was led by Geneva Finance Limited, which went down by 6.98 percent to 0.4 NZ dollars (0.26 U.S. dollars), while Pacific Edge Limited jumped by 17.02 percent to 0.275 NZ dollars.

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MANILA — Philippine shares closed 1.06 percent higher on Thursday.

The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index increased by 66.44 points to 6,348.45. The all-share index went up by 15.89 points, or 0.43 percent, to 3,714.29.

There were 69 gainers, 124 losers while 46 stocks closed flat.

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