Xinhua summary of Asia-Pacific stocks news at 1100 GMT, Aug. 1

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BEIJING -- Chinese stocks closed lower on Thursday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 0.81 percent, at 2,908.77 points.

The Shenzhen Component Index closed 0.63 percent lower at 9,268.05 points.

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong stocks closed down 212.05 points, or 0.76 percent, to 27,565.7 points on Thursday.

The benchmark Hang Seng Index traded between 27,495.89 and 27,754.04. Turnover totaled 79.98 billion Hong Kong dollars (about 10.21 billion U.S. dollars).

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MUMBAI -- Indian markets closed lower Thursday. Among sectors, except energy all other indices ended on weak note led by the metal (down 3 percent), PSU bank (down 2 percent), IT (down 1.8 percent) followed by infra, pharma and FMCG.

The benchmark S&P, BSE Sensex closed at 37,018.32, 462.80 points or 1.23 percent down compared to its previous close at 37,481.12.

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TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks closed higher Thursday as investor sentiment was bolstered by the yen retreating against the U.S. dollar after diminishing expectations for further rate cuts by the U.S. Federal Reserve.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average added 19.46 points, or 0.09 percent, from Wednesday to close the day at 21,540.99.

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SINGAPORE -- Singapore stocks closed lower on Thursday, with the benchmark Straits Times Index (STI) going down 0.27 percent, or 9.00 points, to close at 3,291.75.

A total of 934.31 million shares changed hands with a turnover of 1.11 billion Singapore dollars (about 806.98 million U.S. dollars).

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MANILA -- Philippine shares closed 0.65 percent higher on Thursday.

The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index increased by 52.36 points to 8,098.16. The all-share index went up by 14.45 points, or 0.30 percent, to 4,904.51.

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SYDNEY -- The Australian share market finished lower on Thursday for a second straight session following a soft lead from overseas markets, with materials weighing heavily.

At the market close the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index was down 23.70 points or 0.35 percent at 6,788.90, while the broader All Ordinaries index was down 24.80 points or 0.36 percent at 6,871.90.

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

The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI) was at 1,639.07 up 4.20 points or 0.26 percent, and the Emas was at 11,612.07 up 22.40 points or 0.19 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 997.39 points on Thursday, up 5.73 points, or 0.58 percent against the previous trading day.

Over 222.65 million shares worth nearly 5.18 trillion Vietnamese dong (225 million U.S. dollars) changed hands at the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange. Specifically, foreign investors bought more than 8.82 million shares totaling 368.84 billion Vietnamese dong (16.04 million U.S. dollars), and sold over 13.73 million shares totaling 468.27 billion Vietnamese dong (20.36 million U.S. dollars).

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HANOI -- Stock market index of Vietnam's capital Hanoi, HNX-Index, closed at 103.88 points on Thursday, down 0.55 points or 0.52 percent from the previous trading session.

Nearly 25.7 million shares worth roughly 347.1 billion Vietnamese dong (15.1 million U.S. dollars) were traded at the Hanoi Stock Exchange on Thursday. Specifically, foreign investors bought 349,360 shares valued at 6.5 billion Vietnamese dong (281,435 U.S. dollars), and sold more than 1 million shares valued at 11.2 billion Vietnamese dong (486,913 U.S. dollars).

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh's DSE (Dhaka Stock Exchange) Broad Index closed Thursday at 5,169.74 points, up 30.95 points from Wednesday's finish.

Among a total of 353 issues traded, 218 registered gains and 83 incurred losses while 52 remained unchanged.

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand stock market's indicator, the S&P/NZX 50 index, jumped slightly by 0.03 percent to 10,861 on Thursday.

The jump was led by SeaDragon Limited which manufactures Omega fish oils. It went up by 100 percent to 0.002 NZ dollars (0.0013 U.S. dollars), while Cooks Global Foods, a New Zealand-based food and beverage company, dropped by 46.84 percent to 0.042 NZ dollars. Enditem

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