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Asian Markets Close Lower on Fears of Chinese Tightening Measures

Shares in Asia slid lower Friday as investors reacted to Chinese government moves to tighten credit and clamp down on inflation. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index fell 0.8% to 22,877, and in China, the Shanghai Composite sank 0.9% to 2,872. Japan's Nikkei 225 Index edged down 0.4% to 10,040.

Chinese Economic Tightening Measures Rock Asian Markets

Asian markets lost value Tuesday with the Shanghai Composite Index tumbling 4% as investors worrierd about possible monetary tightening measures. In Hong Kong the Hang Seng slid 0.4% and Japan's Nikkei 225 Index edged down 0.3%.

Asian Markets Mixed as Japan Celebrates Q3 Growth

Asian markets were mixed Monday. In Japan the Nikkei 225 Index rose 1.1%, helped by new numbers showing the nation's economy outpaced economists' predictions and grew more than expected in the third quarter. In China the Shanghai Composite Index advanced 1% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index slid 0.8%.

Asian Markets Slide as Chinese Interest Rate Hike Looms

Asian markets took a tumble today with China's Shanghai Composite Index plunging on rumors that another interest rate hike is imminent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index dropped 1.9% and Japan's Nikkei 225 Index was down 1.4%.

Why Asian Nations Hate QE2, and What They Should Do

As the G-20 meets in South Korea, many world leaders have stepped up their complaints about the Fed's $600 billion quantitative easing program, as well as the rapid flow of capital into emerging markets. Some countries are installing capital controls in response, but those won't be enough, says global finance expert Peter Cohan.

Asian Markets Rise Despite Measures to Stem Cash Flow

Asian markets rose Thursday with investors piling money into China stocks, despite the government's efforts to control liquidity. The Shanghai Composite Index climbed 1% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 0.3%. In Japan the Nikkei 225 Index gained 0.8%.

Could Japan Hold the Key to Asia's Rising Consumers?

Although Japan's stock market has been weak for the last 20 years, there are signs that a shift may be under way that could transform that nation into the gateway to Asia's emerging-market consumers. For patient investors looking for a contrarian play with huge upside potential, it's time to re-examine Japan.

Asian Markets Up on Improved U.S. Employment Numbers

Shares in Asia rose Monday, boosted by good news in the U.S. job market. In Japan the Nikkei 225 Index advanced 1.1% and in China the Shanghai Composite Index climbed 1%. In Hong Kong the Hang Seng Index inched up 0.4%.

Hang Seng Rallies After Goldman's Bullish Prediction

Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index climbed 2% to 24,145 Wednesday -- a two-year high -- after Goldman Sachs predicted the index could reach 29,000 in the next year. That, combined with expectations of a new $500 billion round of U.S. economic stimulus, was good news for Asian markets.

Asian Markets Are Mixed as Investors Eye U.S. Elections

In Asia on Tuesday, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 0.1%, China's Shanghai Composite inched down 0.3%. and in Japan, the Nikkei 225 crept up 0.1%. Investors are closely monitoring the U.S. midterm elections, with many predicting that if the Democrats lose their majorities in both the House and the Senate, the dollar will continue to slide.

Singapore Exchange to Buy ASX for $8.3 Billion

Singapore Exchange agreed to buy Australian exchange ASX for A$8.4 billion ($8.3 billion). The Singapore Exchange offer is worth A$48 per share of ASX, a 37% premium over the company%u2019s closing price on Oct. 22, Bloomberg News reported. The two exchanges will be separate legal entities and subject to local regulation.

HSBC Lawsuit Drags HK Banking Shares Lower

In Asia Monday Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index fell 1.2%, dragged down by banking shares after news broke that five Taiwanese lenders are suing HSBC over its involvement with a Ponzi scheme. China's Shanghai Composite Index slid 0.5% and in Japan the Nikkei 225 Index remained virtually unchanged.

Asian Markets Rise on Gold and Property

Commodities were the talk of the town in Shanghai today, with mining companies leading the Composite Index to surge 2.5%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 1.1%. The Tokyo Stock Exchange was closed for Physical Fitness Day.

Asian Markets Soar as Japan Springs into Action

Japan's ruling Democratic Party proposed yet another economic stimulus package, this one for more than $58 billion, sending the Nikkei climbing 1.8%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 1.1%, while markets in China remained closed.

Asian Economies to Grow by 8.2% in 2010

Asian economies will grow by 8.2% in 2010, according to a new report. "Strong export recovery, robust private demand, and the sustained effects of stimulus policies allowed the region to experience solid growth in the first half of 2010," The Asian Development Bank said. "This improved performance is broad-based and is projected to carry on for the rest of the year."