Xinhua summary of Asia-Pacific stocks news at 1200 GMT, Aug. 3

BEIJING — Chinese stocks closed higher on Monday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index going up 1.75 percent, at 3,367.97 points.

The Shenzhen Component Index closed 2.40 percent higher at 13,964.56 points.

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BANGKOK — The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) index on Monday moved down 7.30 points, or 0.55 percent to close at 1,321.23 points.

Some 19.45 billion shares worth 54.72 billion baht (about 1.76 billion U.S. dollars) changed hands.

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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 814.65 points on Monday, up 16.26 points or 2.04 percent against the previous trading day.

Over 298.1 million shares worth nearly 4.8 trillion Vietnamese dong (206.6 million U.S. dollars) changed hands at the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange. Specifically, foreign investors bought 18.3 million shares totaling 397 billion Vietnamese dong (17.3 million U.S. dollars), and sold 13.8 million shares totaling 385 billion Vietnamese dong (16.7 million U.S. dollars).

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SINGAPORE — Singapore stocks closed lower on Monday, with the benchmark Straits Times Index (STI) going down 1.78 percent, or 44.91 points, to close at 2,484.91.

A total of 1.55 billion shares changed hands with a turnover of 1.73 billion Singapore dollars (about 1.26 billion U.S. dollars). Losers outnumbered gainers by 281 to 190.

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JAKARTA — The IDX Composite, an index of all stocks listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) in Jakarta, closed at 5,006.22 points on Monday, down by 143.40 points, or 2.78 percent against that of the previous trading day.

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Approximately 10.13 billion shares worth more than 10.91 trillion Indonesian rupiahs (about 742.23 million U.S. dollars) changed hands at the stock market.

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PHNOM PENH — Cambodia’s stocks finished lower on Monday, with the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX) Index down 7.54 points, or 1.11 percent, to close at 670.36.

A total of 42,719 shares worth 628.2 million riels (153,257 U.S. dollars) were traded, the CSX said, adding that 72 percent of the traded shares belonged to the ACLEDA Bank Plc (ABC).

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HANOI — Stock market index of Vietnam’s capital, HNX-Index, closed at 110.43 points on Monday, up 2.92 points or 2.71 percent from the previous trading session.

More than 49.1 million shares worth over 479.7 billion Vietnamese dong (20.9 million U.S. dollars) were traded at the Hanoi Stock Exchange on Monday. Specifically, foreign investors bought 200,439 shares valued at over 2.3 billion Vietnamese dong (101,100 U.S. dollars), and sold 213,000 shares valued at over 2.3 billion Vietnamese dong (101,700 U.S. dollars).

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HONG KONG — Hong Kong stocks closed down 137.22 points, or 0.56 percent, to 24,458.13 points on Monday.

The benchmark Hang Seng Index traded between 24,250.98 and 24,647.28. Turnover totaled 130.46 billion Hong Kong dollars (about 16.83 billion U.S. dollars).

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TOKYO — Tokyo stocks closed sharply higher Monday as investors snapped-up bargains following the Nikkei’s six-day losing streak, with a weak yen and robust Chinese factory activity data adding support.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 485.38 points, or 2.24 percent, from Friday to close the day at 22,195.38.

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SYDNEY — The Australian share market finished marginally lower on Monday as the major banks dragged down growth.

At the market close, the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index was down 1.70 points or 0.03 percent at 5,926.10, while the broader All Ordinaries index was down 4.40 points or 0.07 percent at 6,053.90.

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MANILA — Philippine shares closed 3.59 percent lower on Monday.

The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index decreased by 212.53 points to 5,715.92. The all-share index went down by 101.81 points, or 2.91 percent, to 3,398.46. Enditem


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