Asian stocks

At 10:15 am, the BSE S&P Sensex was up by 86 points at 39,138 while the Nifty 50 edged higher by 30 points to 11,616. All sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were in the positive zone with Nifty PSU bank showing an uptick of 1.4 per cent.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1.1% in light trade, South Korea' Kopsi gained by 1.3 per cent and Shanghai blue chips added 1.6 per cent. Tokyo was on holiday.

Hong Kong shares were down by 1.11 per cent with fragile sentiment as the territory's government mulls emergency laws to contain months of often violent protest against China's rule of the former British colony.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped by 0.78 per cent while Japanese Nikkei traded down by over 2 per cent. Global slowdown coupled with the chaos in Hong Kong pulled down other Asian indices as well.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan was up by 0.13 per cent while Japan's Nikkei rose by 0.4 per cent. The Chinese blue-chip shares advanced by 0.2 per cent and the Hang Seng gained by 0.17 per cent.

The MSCI's broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.1 per cent. The Shanghai Composite Index was up by 0.4 per cent, South Korea's KOSPI rose by 0.7 per cent and Japan's Nikkei was up by 0.4 per cent.

The Shanghai Composite Index added 0.45 per cent while MSCI's index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.5 per cent. But sentiment in the wider region remained subdued amid worries about a global recession.

Among the other prominent losers were Tata Steel, ICICI Bank, UltraTech Cement, Titan, Indian Oil Corporation and Tata Motos which lost between 4 and 4.5 per cent each. Heavyweight Reliance Industries plunged by 3.8 per cent while Jindal Steel lost by 3.6 per cent.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng was down by 0.1 per cent after anti-government protests. The Shanghai Composite Index fell by 0.05 per cent but Japan's Nikkei moved up marginally by 0.09 per cent.

Among stocks, JSW Steel gained 3.5 per cent to Rs 263.90 per share while Tata Steel was up 2.4 per cent to Rs 465.90 apiece. Mining major Vedanta was up 3.1 per cent as Hindalco gained by 2 per cent.