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Nikkei posts biggest daily gain in 6-1/2 weeks; market awaits BOJ chief comments

TOKYO, Dec 19 - Japanese stocks posted their best day in 6-1/2 weeks on Friday as investors continued to take heart from the U.S. Federal Reserve's "patient" approach to raising interest rates, while awaiting comments from the head of the Bank Of Japan after it held policy steady. The Nikkei benchmark ended 2.4 percent higher at 17,621.40, its biggest daily percentage gain since early November. For the week, the index is up 1.4 percent. The Bank of Japan maintained its massi

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Data as of 20 Dec 2014. All quotes delayed at least 15 minutes.
Symb Index Mkt Report Time Last Chg Chg %
.TRXFLDJPP Thomson Reuters Equity Japan Index 19 Dec 2014 123.68 +2.91 +2.41%
.TRXFLDHKP Thomson Reuters Equity HK Index 19 Dec 2014 259.82 +2.33 +0.90%
.TRXFLDCNP Thomson Reuters Equity China Index 5 Apr 2013 236.73 -- --%
.TRXFLDINP Thomson Reuters Equity India Index 19 Dec 2014 887.46 +6.04 +0.69%
.N225 Nikkei Stock Average 225 View 19 Dec 2014 17,621.40 +411.35 +2.39%
.HSI Hang Seng Index View 19 Dec 2014 23,116.63 +284.42 +1.25%
.AORD ASX All Ordinaries Index View 19 Dec 2014 5,312.74 +123.03 +2.37%
.KS11 KOSPI Index 19 Dec 2014 1,929.98 +32.48 +1.71%
.FTSTI Straits Times Index 19 Dec 2014 3,279.53 +35.88 +1.11%
.SETI SET Composite Index 19 Dec 2014 1,514.35 -2.44 -0.16%
.JKSE Jakarta Composite 19 Dec 2014 5,144.62 +31.28 +0.61%
.PSI PSE Composite Index 19 Dec 2014 7,125.63 +96.35 +1.37%
.KSE Karachi SE 100 Index 19 Dec 2014 31,011.15 +183.70 +0.60%
.SSEC Shanghai Composite Index 19 Dec 2014 3,109.69 +52.17 +1.71%
.BSESN Bombay Sensitive 30 index 19 Dec 2014 27,371.84 +245.27 +0.90%
.FTFBMKLCI FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI 19 Dec 2014 1,715.99 +16.04 +0.94%
.HNX30 HNX 30 Index 19 Dec 2014 157.53 -4.12 -2.55%
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