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  1. Asian shares up on recovery outlook

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    Image caption: A child plays at a stock exchange in Huaibei, China

    Most share markets in Asia rose on Thursday on hopes that massive global economic stimulus and waning coronavirus infections in a US hotspot will lead to an economic rebound in the second quarter of this year.Australia's S&P/ASX 200 jumped 1.81%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was up 0.50% and the Shanghai Composite index rose 0.26%.

    But Japan's Nikkei 225 bucked the trend, easing 0.55% in morning trade after the government this week declared a state of emergency for Tokyo and other urban areas related to the spread of the coronavirus."There are signs that infections are peaking, which is leading to the change in market sentiment," Masayuki Kichikawa, from Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management in Tokyo, told Reuters.The upbeat view for a rebound came as New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo said the financial capital of New York City was witnessing a flattening curve of cases as social distancing measures were working.

  2. Asia shares ease after two days of gains

    Ed Lane

    BBC Business reporter, Singapore

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    A summary now on the economic situation across Asia.

    Shares in Asia fell early Wednesday after two straight days of gains. That's being driven by volatile oil prices and continued concern over the spread of the coronavirus.

    Japan's Nikkei 225 slipped 0.7%, South Korea's KOSPI fell 0.8% nd Hong Kong's Hang Seng index dipped nearly 0.3%. The early losses in Asia followed declines in the US overnight with the Dow down 0.1%, S&P 500 off 0.2% and the Nasdaq Composite 0.3% lower.

    Continued uncertainty on oil production plans by Russia and Opec leader Saudi Arabia has seen volatile trade with global benchmark Brent crude up 2.3% in early Asia at $32.59 per barrel after a 3.6% decline overnight.

    A meeting on Thursday between Opec and ally Russia may move to curb production, after a failure to agree on cuts in March sent oil into a tailspin.

  3. Stocks fall despite coronavirus stimulus plans

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    Asian stocks have fallen as worries about the coronavirus pandemic eclipsed hopes that major stimulus plans would ease the impact of the outbreak.

    It came after Wall Street's main indexes rebounded by more than 5% on Tuesday following Monday's steep falls.

    In the US, the Trump administration outlined a $1 trillion (£830bn) package to support the world's biggest economy. At the same time the UK has revealed details of its own stimulus measures, including £330bn of business loans.

    Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 1.7%, the Hang Seng in Hong was down by 1.9%, and China's Shanghai Composite fell by 0.5%. US stock market futures were also indicating a weaker open for Wall Street.

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  4. Coronavirus: Stocks rocked by record volatility

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    Global stock markets are seeing record levels of volatility with the five biggest one-day points falls happening in less than a month.

    On Monday the Dow Jones Industrial Average saw its biggest one-day slide in more than three decades.

    This was the latest huge swing as investors weigh the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

    It comes as a key measure of stock market volatility, known as the "Fear Gauge", has surged to a record high.

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  5. Big swings on Asian markets as coronavirus spreads

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    Stock markets have seen volatile trading as investors weigh the effect of the coronavirus against measures aimed at easing its economic impact.

    Share markets across the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan, Australia and India, have experienced major swings. It followed the Dow and S&P 500 in the US having their biggest one-day declines since 1987.

    Japan's Nikkei 225 index has swung back from being down by more than 10% in early trading to be around 4% lower.

    Australia's benchmark S&P/ASX 200 saw its biggest trading swing on record as it reversed a loss of 8.1% to end the day 4.4% higher.

    Trading in India's Nifty 50 stock index was halted for 45 minutes on Friday morning after it fell 10% and hit a "circuit-breaker" only to erase much of those losses after trading resumed.

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