A man walks past an electronic board showing the stock index in Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 4, 2014. Tokyo stocks tumbled on Tuesday, with the Nikkei index ending 4.18 percent lower, hitting the lowest closing level since last October. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average dived 610.66 points, from Monday at 14,008.47, its lowest finish since Oct. 8. (Xinhua/Stringer)
A man walks past an electronic board showing the stock index in Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 4, 2014. Tokyo stocks tumbled on Tuesday, with the Nikkei index ending 4.18 percent lower, hitting the lowest closing level since last October. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average dived 610.66 points, from Monday at 14,008.47, its lowest finish since Oct. 8. (Xinhua/Stringer)

SEOUL — Seoul shares ended higher on Wednesday.

A man walks past an electronic board showing the stock index in Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 4, 2014. Tokyo stocks tumbled on Tuesday, with the Nikkei index ending 4.18 percent lower, hitting the lowest closing level since last October. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average dived 610.66 points, from Monday at 14,008.47, its lowest finish since Oct. 8. (Xinhua/Stringer)
A man walks past an electronic board showing the stock index in Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 4, 2014. Tokyo stocks tumbled on Tuesday, with the Nikkei index ending 4.18 percent lower, hitting the lowest closing level since last October. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average dived 610.66 points, from Monday at 14,008.47, its lowest finish since Oct. 8. (Xinhua/Stringer)

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) gained 4.33 points, or 0.21 percent, to 2,085.53 at the close. Trading volume stood at 394.96 million shares worth 5.24 trillion won (4. 73 billion U.S. dollars).
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TOKYO — Tokyo stocks closed at an 18-year high, six month high Wednesday amid improved investor sentiment drawing from perceptions that Greece is likely to seal a deal with its creditors.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 58.61 points, or 0.28 percent, from Tuesday at 20,868.03, a closing level last seen on Dec. 5, 1996. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange finished 3.49 points, or 0.21 percent, higher at 1,679.89.
The turnover was 2,834.32 billion yen (about 22.87 billion U.S. dollars).
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TAIPEI — Taiwan’s share prices closed up 0.06 percent on Wednesday with the weighted index up 6.17 points at 9,397.31, according to news reaching here from Taipei.
Turnover totaled 77.74 billion new Taiwan dollars (about 2.52 billion U.S. dollars) during the trading session.
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BEIJING — Chinese shares closed higher on Wednesday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index up 2.48 percent to finish at 4690.15 points.
The Shenzhen Component Index gained 1.66 percent to close at 16312.31 points.
Combined turnover for the two bourses came in 1.5 trillion yuan (241.7 billion U.S. dollars).
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HONG KONG — Hong Kong stocks closed up 71.51 points, or 0.26 percent to 27,404.97 points on Wednesday.
The benchmark Hang Seng Index traded between 27,292.85 and 27, 470.50. Turnover totaled 117.04 billion HK dollars (about 15.08 billion U.S. dollars).
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SYDNEY — The Australian share market closed mainly flat on Wednesday after a day of subdued trade, inching slightly higher.
At market close, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was up 2.5 points, or 0.04 percent, to 5,686.8, while the broader All Ordinaries index gained 1.3 points, or 0.02 percent, to 5,672.7.
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HO CHI MINH CITY — VN-Index, the stock market index of Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City bourse in south Vietnam, closed at 590.02 points on Wednesday, down 3.05 points, or 0.51 percent, against the previous trading day’s closing session.
A total of 65.710 million shares worth 1.234 trillion VND (56. 97 million U.S. dollars) were traded on Wednesday.
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HANOI — Stock market index of Vietnam’s capital Hanoi, HNX- Index, closed at 86.46 points on Wednesday, down 0.29 points, or 0. 34 percent, against the previous trading session.
A total of 51.267 million shares worth 650.120 billion Vietnamese dong (30.1 million U.S. dollars) were traded at the Hanoi Stock Exchange on Wednesday, a decrease of 2.81 percent in volume and an increase of 12.51 percent in value against the previous trading session.
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JAKARTA — Indonesian shares closed higher by 15.87 points, or 0.32 percent, to a level of 4,953.52 on Wednesday.
Some 216,701 transactions were booked, involving 6.57 billion shares worth 5.18 trillion rupiah (about 389.91 million U.S. dollars).
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SINGAPORE — Singapore stocks finished higher on Wednesday, with the benchmark Straits Times Index (STI) up 11.55 points, or 0. 35 percent, to close at 3,351.33.
A total of 1.42 billion shares changed hands with turnover of 1. 05 billion Singapore dollars (784.3 million U.S. dollars).
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KUALA LUMPUR — The Malaysian stock market ended higher here on Wednesday.
The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI) closed at 1,731.68, up 4.82 points or 0.28 percent, and the Emas finished at 11,984.82, up 39.29 points or 0.33 percent.
Turnover increased to 1.79 billion shares valued at 1.89 billion ringgit Malaysia (503.46 million U.S. dollars), compared with 1.73 billion shares valued at 1.68 billion ringgit Malaysia ( 449.14 million U.S. dollars) on Tuesday.
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MUMBAI — Indian stocks snapped eight-day winning streak as Greece concerns resurfaced on Wednesday.
The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex closed at 27,729.67, 74.70 points or 0.27 percent down from previous close of 27,804.31. Enditem

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