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Daily Scan: Hang Seng climbs 1.34% as Draghi rally reaches new heights

By NexChange
Capital Markets

Updated throughout the day

October 23

Good evening everyone. With Super Mario ready to reload the stimulus bazooka, Asian shares capped the week on a high note Friday. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index and Japan’s Nikkei Average both hit their two-month highs today, while China’s Shanghai Composite posted its third week deep in the red. Here’s the score this week:


Hang Seng Index

Hang Seng China Enterprises Index

Shanghai Composite

Shenzhen Composite

Nikkei 225

Straits Times Index

The European markets meanwhile look set to post their third straight weekly gain. The U.K.’s FTSE 100 has so far climbed 1.32%, while France’s CAC and Germany’s DAX have each jumped 1.30% and 0.69% respectively. As for Wall Street, it seems to be geared up to join the party too, with S&P 500 futures climbing 0.12% at pixel time.

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