SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese stocks closed higher on Friday, supported by gains in financial and technology companies, but sentiment remained cautious as investors balanced expectations of an easing monetary policy with concerns about a slowdown .
The CSI300 index, which brings together the largest companies listed in Shanghai and Shenzhen, rose 0.38%, while the Shanghai index rose 0.4%.
The financial sector sub-index advanced 0.36% and the information technology sector rose 1.26%.
China’s central bank rolled over medium-term loans due on Friday and left its interest rates unchanged as investors continue to speculate that authorities may need to ease currency settings to support the economy amid the risks of stagflation.
. In TOKYO, the Nikkei index advanced 1.81% to 29,068 points.
. In HONG KONG, the HANG SENG index rose 1.48% to 25,330 points.
. In SHANGHAI, the SSEC index gained 0.40% to 3,572 points.
. The CSI300 index, which brings together the largest companies listed in SHANGHAI and SHENZHEN, advanced 0.38% to 4,932 points.
. In SEUL, the KOSPI index appreciated 0.88% to 3,015 points.
. In TAIWAN, the TAIEX index rose 2.40% to 16,781 points.
. In SINGAPORE, the STRAITS TIMES index gained 0.29% to 3,173 points.
. In SYDNEY the S&P/ASX 200 index advanced 0.69% to 7,362 points.
(By Andrew Galbraith)
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