Xinhua summary of Asia-Pacific stocks news at 1100 GMT, April 8

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BEIJING -- Chinese stocks closed lower on Monday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 0.05 percent, at 3,244.81 points.

The Shenzhen Component Index closed 0.61 percent lower at 10,351.87 points.

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TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks closed lower on Monday as investors opted to lock in profits following recent gains amid a lack of fresh trading incentives.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average shed 45.85 points, or 0.21 percent, from Friday to close the day at 21,761.65.

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MUMBAI -- Indian markets closed lower Monday.

Among the sectors, auto, bank, metal, FMCG and pharma witnessed some selling pressure, while some buying was seen in the IT stocks.

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SINGAPORE -- Singapore shares closed 0.22 percent lower on Monday as profit-taking dragged market lower following earlier rally bolstered by strong Wall Street performance last Friday.

U.S. markets closed near all-time highs last week as better-than-expected jobs growth eased concerns of an economic slowdown with few signs of inflation, while hopes of a trade deal between China and the U.S. added to the positive sentiment.

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VIENTIANE -- The Lao stock market closed on Monday with an increase of 0.15 percent compared to the previous trading day.

The Lao Securities Exchange composite index increased by 1.26 points, reaching 816.04 points after closing.

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KUALA LUMPUR -- The Malaysian stock market ended higher here on Monday.

The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI) was at 1,644.35, up 2.54 points or 0.15 percent, and the Emas was at 11,645.48, up 44.62 points or 0.38 percent.

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HO CHI MINH CITY -- VN-Index, the stock market index of Ho Chi Minh City bourse in southern Vietnam, closed at 997.56 points on Monday, up 8.30 points or 0.84 percent against the previous trading day.

Nearly 163.687 million shares worth 3.429 trillion Vietnamese dong (149.1 million U.S. dollars) changed hands at the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange, with prices of 148 stocks rising, 128 stocks decreasing and 105 stocks remaining unchanged.

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong stocks closed up 140.83 points, or 0.47 percent, to 30,077.15 points on Monday.

The benchmark Hang Seng Index traded between 29,913.62 and 30,185.06. Turnover totaled 121.51 billion Hong Kong dollars (about 15.48 billion U.S. dollars).

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand stock market continued last week's drop on Monday.

The S&P/NZX 50 Index decreased 49.97 points, or 0.51 percent, to 9807.08. Within the index, 29 stocks down, 15 stock up, and six were unchanged. Turnover was 118.67 million New Zealand dollars.

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MANILA -- Philippine shares closed 0.54 percent higher on Monday.

The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index increased by 42.45 points to 7,915.63. The all-share index went up by 19.97 points, or 0.41 percent, to 4,866.96.

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia's stocks finished higher on Monday, with the Cambodia Securities Exchange Index up 2.44 points, or 0.43 percent, to close at 575.29.

A total of 416 shares worth 2.35 million riel (586 U.S. dollars) were traded.

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SEOUL -- Seoul shares ended almost unchanged Monday.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) edged up 0.99 points, or 0.04 percent, to settle at 2,210.60. Trading volume stood at 335.9 million shares worth 4.6 trillion won (4 billion U.S. dollars).

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SYDNEY -- The Australian share market finished higher on Monday with the resource sectors providing strong support.

At the market close, the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index was up 40.10 points or 0.65 percent at 6,221.40, while the broader All Ordinaries index was up 40.20 points or 0.64 percent at 6,310.80. Enditem

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