China shares finished higher Wednesday, buoyed by optimism that policymakers would likely avoid sudden credit policy tightening in Y 2021 to support an economic recovery from its virus-induced slump.
At the close, the Shanghai Composite index was up 0.76% at 3,382.32, while the blue-chip CSI300 index was up 0.85%. The smaller Shenzhen index ended up 0.74%.
The start-up board ChiNext Composite index was higher by 1.11% while Shanghai’s tech-focused STAR50 index was up 1.32%.
Japanese stocks also finished higher Wednesday as investors bet the healthcare sector would continue to benefit from a prolonged battle with the coronavirus, technology shares rose as well.
The Nikkei 225 Index rose 0.33% at 26,524.79, and the broader Topix rose 0.23% at 1,765.21.
Australian shares capped a 3-session losing streak to close higher Wednesday, after the country’s most populous state eased some COVID-19 restrictions for Christmas as new case numbers stayed low.
The S&P/ASX 200 index ended 0.7% higher at 6,643.1. New Zealand’s benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index gained 1.4% to finish the session at a record high of 13,020.21.
Data as of 23 Dec 2020. All quotes delayed at least 15 minutes.
|.TRXFLDJPP||Thomson Reuters Equity Japan Index||2:36am EST||154.37||+0.40||+0.26%|
|.TRXFLDHKP||Thomson Reuters Equity HK Index||4:36am EST||325.54||+2.47||+0.76%|
|.TRXFLDINP||Thomson Reuters Equity India Index||6:29am EST||1,576.58||+21.43||+1.38%|
|.N225||Nikkei Stock Average 225||1:15am EST||26,524.79||+88.40||+0.33%|
|.HSI||Hang Seng Index||3:08am EST||26,343.10||+223.85||+0.86%|
|.AORD||ASX All Ordinaries Index||1:03am EST||6,892.60||+47.10||+0.69%|
|.KS11||KOSPI Index||4:01am EST||2,759.82||+26.14||+0.96%|
|.SETI||SET Composite Index||4:51am EST||1,416.02||-8.37||-0.59%|
|.JKSE||Jakarta Composite||3:14am EST||6,008.71||-14.58||-0.24%|
|.PSI||PSE Composite Index||22 Dec 2020||7,204.38||+1.99||+0.03%|
|.SSEC||Shanghai Composite Index||2:59am EST||3,382.32||+25.54||+0.76%|
|.BSESN||S&P BSE Sensex||6:54am EST||46,444.18||+437.49||+0.95%|
|.FTFBMKLCI||FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI||22 Dec 2020||1,647.50||+15.58||+0.95%|
|.HNX30||HNX 30 Index||22 Dec 2020||302.83||-2.21||-0.72%|
Have a healthy, Happy Holiday week, Keep the Faith!