LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE Britain's top share index increased on Friday, spurred powerfully into positive territory after US jobs figure and led up by buoyancy in the oil and gas sector following a string of upgrades. US non-farm payrolls painted a brightening picture of the economy, showing that 203,000 extra jobs were generated previous month, ahead of forecasts for a rise of 180,000, source said to research analyst-PAGE. TOKYO STOCK EXCHANGE Tokyo stocks rose 0.81 percent on bargain-hunting Friday following 2-day of losses and ahead of the release of US jobs figure that will be key to the Federal Reserve's plans for its stimulus program. The benchmark Nikkei 225 - which lost more than 3.5 percent over the last 2-session - climbed 122.37 points to 15,299.86, while the Topix index of all first-section shares was 0.50 percent or 6.18 points higher to 1,235.83. SRI LANKAN STOCK EXCHANGE Sri Lankan stocks increased on Friday to a near 3-week high end, led by foreign buying in Nestle Lanka PLC , ahead of the monetary policy rate decision early next week. The main stock index increased 0.51 percent to 5,810.24, its highest since November 18 . PAGE research Analyst said investors were waiting for the policy rate decision on Monday for direction and earnings after dented confidence following tax hikes announced for the 2014 budget. KARACHI STOCK EXCHANGE In the Karachi Stock Exchange , KSE-100 gained 70 points on Friday in a technically overbought market. The KSE-100 index crossed the psychological level of 25,000 points in the intraday trading; however it could not sustain that level and ended at 24,870.49 points. Kamal Hayder Research Analyst-PAGE said with continued institutional support the market gained 70 points to end at yet another high level. Market participation was on the higher side as daily value rose to Rs 11.1bn , up 17 percent. With high volumes, many block deals took place in the market on previous trading day. Trading took place in 359 scrips, of which 180 went up, 153 went down and that of 26 remained unchanged. Market capitalization rose by Rs 11 billion to Rs 6.013 trillion . Bank Alfalah was the volume leader with 35.59 million shares, he informed. EUROPEAN STOCK EXCHANGE European equities increased on Friday, snapping their longest losing streak in 6-month thanks to a rally in Swiss food firm Nestle and robust US jobs figure. The United States added 203,000 non-farm payrolls previous month, with markets interpreting the number - above consensus but well within the 125,000 to 230,000 forecast range - as being solid enough to back an economic recovery but not so strong as to prompt an immediate scaling back of Federal Reserve stimulus. HONG KONG STOCK EXCHANGE Hong Kong shares closed 0.13 percent higher on Friday ahead of the release of US jobs figure that will give a clue on the Federal Reserve's plans for its stimulus program. The Fed has said it will only start cutting back on its $85 billion -a-month bond-buying scheme when the unemployment rate is low enough and the economy is strong enough to stand without the bank's assistance. SOUTHEAST ASIAN STOCKS EXCHANGE Most Southeast Asian stock markets closed weaker on Friday as uncertainty over a possible reduction in the US Federal Reserve's stimulus hit sentiment ahead of US jobs figure, while Thailand underperformed the region due to political tensions. The Thai stock market declined 1.1 percent to the lowest since its November 28 end, led by financials and power shares. Bangkok has suffered a net outflow of $115.45 million on Friday, extending the net foreign selling to more than $780 million in seven straight sessions through Friday. The market was ended for a holiday on Thursday. Lingering political unrest and uncertainty over further tension in Bangkok hit investor sentiment though there was calm on Friday as protesters seeking to topple Thailand's government stayed off the streets after halting their demonstration the day before out of respect for the king on his birthday. MUMBAI STOCK EXCHANGE Indian shares increased on Friday to their highest end in more than a month, extending gains for a 2nd consecutive session on hopes that state elections results on Sunday will show strong support for the main opposition party ahead of general elections next year. VIETNAM STOCK EXCHANGE Vietnam's benchmark VN Index was almost unchanged on Friday, edging up just 0.02 percent, as bluechips moved in mixed directions. Hanoi -based lender Vietcombank led the gain, with shares advancing 1.45 percent, followed by Pha Lai Thermal Power Joint Stock Co which increased 3.77 percent. These gains were partially capped by a 0.7-percent loss of dairy product maker Vinamilk. Food producer Ma San Corp also dropped 0.61 percent.
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