Dec 31 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares ended 2009 with a stellar 125 percent rally, the market's best performance in more than a decade and far ahead of other strong performers such as Indonesia, India and China.
The recovery in stock markets after last year's crisis-driven plunges saw India and Indonesia post their biggest annual gains in a decade, driven in part by foreign money seeking Asia's relatively stronger balance-sheets, higher yields and growth potential.
The MSCI index of Asia Pacific stocks traded outside Japanhas risen nearly 70 percent in 2009, its best performance since 1993 and far outpacing expected gains of just over 20 percent in U.S. and European equities.
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Following are Asian stock markets' moves over full year 2009. Data as of 0730 GMT, Thursday. MARKET Index level % gain 2009 Sri Lanka (Colombo All-share)3385.55 125.3 Indonesia (JSX) 2534.36 87 India (Sensex) 17478.78 81.2 China (Shanghai Composite) 3277.14 80 Taiwan (Taiex) 8188.11 78.3 Singapore (FT Straits Times) 2897.62 64.5 Thailand (SET) 734.54 63.3 Philippines (PHS Composite) 3052.68 63.0 Pakistan (Karachi 100) 9475.24 61.7 Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh) 494.77 56.8 Hong Kong (Hang Seng) 21872.5 52.0 South Korea (KOSPI) 1682.77 49.7 Malaysia (KLSE Composite) 1269.89 44.8 Australia (S&P/ASX 200) 4870.64 30.9 Tokyo (Nikkei average) 10546.44 19.0 New Zealand (NZX 50) 3230.15 18.9 (Compiled by Vidya Ranganathan, Asia Desk; Tel: +65 6870 3090)
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