Xinhua summary of Asia-Pacific stocks news at 1100 GMT, April 17

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BEIJING -- Chinese stocks closed higher Wednesday after the country reported economic data for the first quarter of 2019, which showed positive signs of stabilization in the economy.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.29 percent to 3,263.12 points, while the Shenzhen Component Index closed 0.55 percent higher at 10,344.43 points.

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KUALA LUMPUR -- The Malaysian stock market ended lower here on Wednesday.

The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI) was at 1.620.90 down 8.56 points or 0.53 percent, and the Emas was at 11,471.58 down 72.89 points or 0.63 percent.

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BANGKOK -- The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) index Wednesday moved up 12.75 points, or 0.77 percent to close at 1,673.20 points.

Some 12.41 billion shares worth 52.99 billion baht (about 1.67 billion U.S. dollars) changed hands.

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SINGAPORE -- Singapore stocks closed higher on Wednesday, with the benchmark Straits Times Index (STI) going up 0.5 percent, or 16.60 points, to close at 3,348.64.

A total of 1.18 billion shares changed hands with a turnover of 1.15 billion Singapore dollars (about 850.28 million U.S. dollars). Losers outnumbered gainers by 213 to 206.

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong stocks closed down 5.19 points, or 0.02 percent, to 30,124.68 points on Wednesday.

The benchmark Hang Seng Index traded between 30,004.97 and 30,178.58. Turnover totaled 104.27 billion Hong Kong dollars (about 13.28 billion U.S. dollars).

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SEOUL -- Seoul shares ended lower Wednesday.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) shed 2.74 points, or 0.12 percent, to settle at 2,245.89. Trading volume stood at 445 million shares worth 5.4 trillion won (4.8 billion U.S. dollars).

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand stock market reached its record high on Wednesday as stocks rallied on the government's decision to rule out a capital gains tax.

The S&P/NZX 50 Index advanced 73.85 points, or 0.75 percent, to a record 9,982.24. Within the index, 32 stocks were up, eight down, and 10 were unchanged. Turnover was 105.2 million New Zealand dollars.

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TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks closed higher Wednesday as the market mood was buoyed by China's solid growth data and the yen's retreat against the U.S. dollar which gave exporters a boost.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average added 56.31 points, or 0.25 percent, from Tuesday to close the day at 22,277.97, marking its highest close since Dec. 3.

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SYDNEY -- The Australian share market finished lower on Wednesday with a slump in materials weighing heavily on the index.

At the market close, the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index was down 21 points or 0.33 percent at 6,256.40, while the broader All Ordinaries index was down 22 points or 0.35 percent at 6,350.30. Enditem

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