Chinese shares open low

Beijing, Feb 1 (IANS) Chinese stocks opened lower on Monday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 0.24 percent at 2,730.98 points.

The smaller Shenzhen index opened 0.3 percent lower at 9,389.62 points, Xinhua reported.

The ChiNext Index, tracking China’s NASDAQ-style board of growth enterprises, lost 0.24 percent to open at 1,989.21 points.

Japan shares open high

Japan shares opened the trading Monday higher on the Bank of Japan’s further monetary easing decision, as well as on gains in the US stocks market.

At 9.15 a.m. (local time), the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average jumped 284.35 points, or 1.62 percent, higher from Friday to 17,802.65, XInhua reported.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was up 21.94 points, or 1.53 percent, to 1, 454.01.

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