[BENGALURU] Australian shares rose for a fifth straight session on Thursday, with material stocks claiming the largest share of the gains on the back of surging metal and oil prices.

[NEW YORK] The Cboe Volatility Index or VIX is how Wall Street measures anxiety. Lately it's the gauge's own plumbing that's making people nervous...

[HONG KONG] Hong Kong stocks extended the previous day's gains on Thursday morning as concerns over trade and Syria ease, while hopes rise that talks between Donald Trump and North Korea's...

[SEOUL] South Korea's Kospi stock index crept higher on Thursday, hovering near a four-week high hit in the previous session, when it jumped more than one per cent. The Korean won and bond...

SINGAPORE stocks opened higher on Thursday, with the Straits Times Index gaining 17.25 points, or 0.5 per cent to 3,575.07 as at 9.16am.

MALAYSIA share prices opened higher on Thursday with the FTSE Bursa Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Composite Index up 9.76 points to 1,889.08.

THE following companies saw new developments that may affect trading of their shares on Thursday:

[TOKYO] Tokyo stocks opened higher on Thursday after a joint press conference by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump following their summit failed to surprise the market.

[LONDON] European shares rose to fresh seven-week highs on Wednesday, helped by well-received company results and a rally in mining stocks on the back of soaring metal prices.

[NEW YORK] Wall Street stocks finished mostly higher on Wednesday on largely upbeat corporate earnings reports and a surge in petroleum-linked equities, but the Dow was weighed down by IBM's...