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Stocks are mainly positive in the Asia-Pac...>

STOCKS: Stocks are mainly positive in the Asia-Pac region on Thursday, in Japan
the Nikkei 225 is up 269 points at 22,446 after plunging yesterday to record the
worst one day decline of 2017. This is the first up day in 4 for Japanese
stocks, the Nikkei 225 gapped higher at the open and has gradually added to the
gains. 10/11 sectors on the Nikkei are in the green, the laggard is the energy
sector after the drop in oil on Wednesday. 
- In Australia the ASX 200 is up 36 points at 5981, rising sharply from the open
on positive sentiment in the region and some dip buying after declines
yesterday. The AUD dropped after weaker than expected Trade Balance data which
has supported stocks. All 11 sectors on the index are in the green, led by
Utilities and IT, recovering after declines in these sectors last week.
- Chinese stocks are the weakest among the Asia-Pac complex, the Shanghai Comp
is down 20 points at 3273, the CSI 300 is down 42 points led lower by Financials
after an IMF report said that banks need more capital. In Hong Kong the Hang
Seng is up 11 points at 28236 but has fluctuated between minor gains and minor

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