FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - The Asian bourses closed higher on Wednesday with the conclusion of China's 18th CCP Congress and the imminent announcement of the leadership posts. Greece was successful in auctioning treasury bills ahead of Friday's redemption.

Mainland China's Shanghai Composite gained +0.27% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose +0.76%, while South Korea's Kospi edged higher by +0.23%, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 was up by +0.20% and Japan's Nikkei Stock Average rose +0.04%. Singapore's Straits Times (-0.62%) and Indonesia's Jakarta Composite (-0.11%) fell today.

Futures for the German DAX 30 and the French CAC 40 are signaling a lower opening by around -0.40% ahead of the European session and French CPI, Portuguese GDP and unemployment rate, UK labor market data and BoE Quarterly Inflation Report, EMU industrial production. WTI crude oil trades flat ($85.40) and Gold gains +0.12% ($1727).

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