Update February 24, 2015

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Asian shares inch ahead

Sumel Sarker

Tokyo Stock Exchange staff members work at the bourse at TSE in Tokyo

Asian shares inch ahead

24 February 2015, Nirapad News: Asian share markets crept higher on Tuesday as Tokyo scored another 15-year peak. Moves were mostly modest and MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS inched up 0.16 per cent. The Nikkei .N225 dithered either side of flat before ending up 0.5 per cent for a fifth session of increases.

The Hang Seng index slid 0.4 per cent to 24,750.07 points. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong edged up 0.04 per cent at 12,046.20 points. Australian shares edged up to a seven-year closing high. The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 19.0 points or 0.3 per cent to 5,927.0. New Zealand’s benchmark NZX 50 index fell 0.5 per cent or 31.4 points to 5723.0. Indian shares edged higher.

The benchmark BSE index gained 0.19 per cent, while the broader NSE index was up 0.22 per cent. Southeast Asian stock markets traded stronger on Tuesday. The Thai SET index was up 0.5 per cent. Singapore was up 0.3 per cent, Malaysia traded 0.4 per cent. Vietnam gained 1 per cent. US crude CLc1 up a single cent at $49.46, Brent LCOc1 added 24 cents to $59.14 a barrel. The euro remained on the defensive at $1.1336 EUR.

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