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Retail investors pulling out of Seoul stock markets

SEOUL, March 17 (Yonhap) -- Retail investors have been pulling their money out of Seoul stock markets this year, wary of economic uncertainties and weak corporate earnings frustrating investment returns, data showed Monday. The share of retail investors' trading volume reached 43.51 percent as of March 13 on the main bourse, down 2.99 percentage points from the previous year, according to the Korea Exchange.

Hong Kong stocks close 0.67% lower

Hong Kong shares fell Thursday as another batch of weak Chinese data stoked fears for the world's number two economy, although mainland markets surged after Premier Li Keqiang said he was confident growth would pick up. The benchmark Hang Seng Index slipped 0.67 percent, or 145.87 points, to 21,756.08 on turnover of HK$69.15 billion (US$8.92 billion).

Korea's import prices dip for 18th month in Feb.

SEOUL, March 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's import prices fell for the 18th straight month in February as oil prices declined amid the local currency's gain per the dollar, the central bank said Wednesday. In local currency terms, the country's import prices declined 4.8 percent in February from a year earlier, compared with a 3 percent on-year fall in January, according to the Bank of Korea (BOK). It marked the 18th straight month of on-year declines in import prices since September 2012 when such prices dipped 2.2 percent on-year.

Korea's import prices dip for 18th month in Feb.

SEOUL, March 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's import prices fell for the 18th straight month in February as oil prices declined amid the local currency's gain per the dollar, the central bank said Wednesday. In local currency terms, the country's import prices declined 4.8 percent in February from a year earlier, compared with a 3 percent on-year fall in January, according to the Bank of Korea (BOK). It marked the 18th straight month of on-year declines in import prices since September 2012 when such prices dipped 2.2 percent on-year.

Yen gains in Asia as Ukraine crisis flares, BoJ meets

The yen rose in Asia Monday as tensions in Ukraine flared and the Bank of Japan (BoJ) starts a two-day meeting, with investors looking for signs of further monetary easing. In Tokyo afternoon trade, the dollar fetched 103.12 yen, down from 103.24 yen in New York Friday afternoon. The euro, which rose last week following the European Central Bank's upbeat outlook for the eurozone, fell to 143.11 yen from 143.31 yen, while it firmed slightly to $1.3878 from $1.3874.

Malaysia Airlines shares lose 10% over missing jet

Malaysia Airlines shares lost 10 percent on Monday, the first trading day since the company was rocked by the weekend disappearance of a passenger jet with 239 people aboard. The shares were trading at 0.225 ringgit, or 10 percent lower, mid-morning on the Malaysian stock exchange. They opened down 16 percent at 0.21 ringgit from Friday's close of 0.25 ringgit and traded as low as 0.205 ringgit before recovering somewhat.

Malaysia Airlines shares lose 10% over missing jet

Malaysia Airlines shares lost 10 percent on Monday, the first trading day since the company was rocked by the weekend disappearance of a passenger jet with 239 people aboard. The shares were trading at 0.225 ringgit, or 10 percent lower, mid-morning on the Malaysian stock exchange. They opened down 16 percent at 0.21 ringgit from Friday's close of 0.25 ringgit and traded as low as 0.205 ringgit before recovering somewhat.

Shanghai Exchange gets approval for trading platform in free-trade zone

BEIJING (Reuters) - The Shanghai Stock Exchange has secured approvals from regulators to set up an international trading center in the free-trade zone, the chairman of the bourse said on Saturday. The move could pave the way for more foreign investors to tap the world's fourth-largest stock market by capitalization and also for foreign companies to issue shares in the world's second-largest economy.

Hong Kong stocks end 0.19% lower

Hong Kong shares slipped 0.19 percent on Friday, giving up earlier gains, ahead of a key US jobs report later in the day while traders remain nervous about the Ukraine crisis. The benchmark Hang Seng Index fell 42.48 points to 22,660.49 on turnover of HK$69.50 billion (US$8.97 billion). Chinese shares ended flat. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged down 1.67 points to 2,057.91 on turnover of 89.3 billion yuan ($14.6 billion). The index added 0.08 percent for the week.

Hong Kong stocks end 0.55% higher

Hong Kong shares climbed 0.55 percent on Thursday, in line with a broad regional rally, as hopes were raised for ongoing Ukraine crisis talks and dealers await the release of US jobs data. The benchmark Hang Seng Index added 123.19 points, to 22,702.97 on turnover of HK$70.51 billion (US$9.10 billion). Russia came under heightened diplomatic pressure as the UN Security Council and European Union leaders began separate talks on Ukraine, but investor confidence has slowly picked up after Monday's heavy sell-off.
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