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Here is how some Asian indices ended yesterday: TOKYO: Shares rose, bolstered by select electronic­s and pharmaceut­ical issues. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index gained 5.38 points, or 0.03 per cent, to finish at 17,670.07 on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. HONG KONG: Shares rose for the fifth straight session, boosted by heavyweigh­t HSBC and select China financial-related stocks. The blue chip Hang Seng Index advanced 101.56 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 20,449.43. BANGKOK: Thai shares closed up 0.8 per cent at 695.10, fuelled by late buying in blue chips. KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s key stock index fell slightly as investors took profits on shares that recorded recent gains. The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index of 100 blue chips declined 0.01 per cent to 1,306.22 points. MANILA: Philippine shares slid as investors cashed in on the market’s five-day rise. The 30-company Philippine Stock Exchange Index shed 10.21 points, or 0.31 per cent, to 3,294.21. SEOUL: South Korean shares touched a record high, led by LG.Philips LCD Co. The Korea Composite Stock Price Index rose 14.26 points, or one per cent, to 1,513.42. SINGAPORE: Shares closed flat, breaking eight straight sessions of rises, as investors booked their gains. The benchmark Straits Times Index lost two points, or 0.06 per cent, to close at 3,420.62. TAIPEI: Taiwan shares rose, buoyed by a strong showing in the panels sector. The Weighted Price Index of the Taiwan Stock Exchange gained 22.85, or 0.3 per cent, to close at 8,071.24.

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