Asian markets close week in positive territory

Asian markets close week in positive territory

Both Asian, European stock exchanges see positive figures

News Service AA

Major stock markets in Asia closed with gains on Friday after a tough week for investors, while European indices also posted positive figures.

The Asia Dow, which includes blue-chip companies in the region, earned 16.21 points, or 0.41%, to close at nearly 3,982 points.

Tokyo's Nikkei 225 stock exchange also increased 176.7 points, or 0.58%, to 30,500.

The Hang Seng, the benchmark for blue-chip stocks trading on the Hong Kong stock exchange, saw an increase of 252.91 points, or 1.03%, to 254,920.

China's Shanghai stock exchange was up by 6.87 points or 0.19% to reach almost 3,614 points and Singapore index rose by 6.69 points or 0.22% to reach 3,071.

Meanwhile, the Indian Sensex benchmark was the only index that saw a decline, down by 169.6 points or 0.88% to reach 58,760 points.

In European side, all major indices posted positive figures during the last transaction day of the week.

The STOXX Europe 600, which includes around 90% of the market capitalization of the European market in 17 countries, was up by 1.72 points or 0.37% to 467.7 as of 1052GMT.

London's FTSE 100 increased by 13.7 points or 0.19% to 7,041, and Germany's DAX index reached 15,688 points, up by 36.8 points or 0.24%.

The French CAC 40 earned 42.22 points or 0.64% to 6,664 points, while Italy's FTSE MIB posted a decline of 65.7 points, or 0.25%, to 26,029 points.

Spain's IBEX 35 also lost 93.20 points, or 1.07%, to 8,826.9 points.


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