Asian Stocks End Week on a Positive Note

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Asian Stocks End Week on a Positive Note

Asian shares rallied to close the week that ended Friday 16 with gains. The regional key index registered its highest climb in six weeks as investors assessed results and hoped China will improve bond purchases.

China stocks closed the week higher. According to Reuters, the Shanghai Composite Index was up 0.1% at 2,026.50 points at the close of trading on Friday. The CSI300 of top Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listing edged higher 0.1%.

China Overseas Land & Investment Ltd, the most dominant property firm in mainland but listed in Hong Kong soared 6.7%. Power Finance Corp advanced 28% in Mumbai, amid optimism that Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party that took the rein of leadership on Thursday will revamp the economy.

The largest ecommerce company in Asia, Tencent Holdings Ltd gained 11% in Hong Kong after its profit increased. Sony Corp lost 6.7% as the Japanese maker of electronics announced an unexpected loss estimate.

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The MSCI Asia Pacific Index ascended 1.3% to 139.72 in the week, its longest campaign since the period that closed April 4. A gauge of world of stocks hit a high last witnessed 6 ½ years ago on May 13 as US markets shot to record highs. The People’s Bank of China called on banks to speed up the giving of home loans, fueling hopes that policy makers intended to move in to reverse a slowdown in the second-biggest economy in the world.

“We’re certainly seeing government reforms continue to gain momentum. “GDP growth might have to slow. But there are expectations that some of the softer macroeconomic data out of China will prompt some stimulus,” Daphne Roth of ABN Amro Private Banking in Singapore told Bloomberg.

Hang Seng Index of Hong Kong gained 3.9% by the end of the week, the biggest weekly progress since September. The H-Share index was up 2.8%.

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