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Daily Scan: Asian shares cap the week higher

By NexChange
Capital Markets

Updated throughout the day.

October 9

Good evening everyone. After heading for the stratosphere earlier in the day, Asian equities trimmed some of their gains in the afternoon – though not enough to knock them off orbit. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng China Enterprises Index finished the day up 1.6% - its best showing since August – while Japan’s Nikkei 225 ended the session up 1.64% - a whisker away from it’s a month-long high. Thanks Janet! Here’s how the rest are doing:

Day
Week

Hang Seng Index
+0.46%
+4.54%

Hang Seng China Enterprises
+1.6%
+7.66%

Nikkei 225
+1.64%
+3.87%

Topix
+2.28%
+4.9%

Shanghai Composite
+1.3%
+4.3%

Shenzhen Composite
+1.47%
+5.47%

Europe isn’t doing too shabby itself. The FTSE 100 is currently up 0.5%, the DAX up 0.9%, while the CAC is up 0.8%. U.S. stock index futures however are pointing to a more subdued open in the region, with S&P minis down 0.09%, Dow minis down 0.07%, and Nasdaq minis down 0.15%.

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