Update from 5:53 p.m. EDT

Indian stocks broke a six-day winning streak Wednesday as investors in the Far East sold off financial and capital goods stocks. Dealers said market players locked in profits and cleared their position books ahead of the monthly expiration of futures contracts, which ends on the last Thursday of every month.

The Bombay Stock Exchange's benchmark 30-stock Sensex Index fell 86 points, or 0.5%, to 16,698 points.

Indian communications provider

Tata Communications

( TCL) announced it has launched a suite of security services designed to protect applications, IT systems and networks that power its customers' business infrastructures. The cost-effective security solutions will focus on premise and managed services along with professional services, which will enable Tata Communications to provide its customers with security solutions on a global scale. American depositary shares of Tata Communications traded up 1.4% to $23.

India's largest private sector lender

Icici Bank

(IBN) - Get Report

said it will not give out promotions or pay large bonus payouts to employees this year, according to the


. The bank said the decision had nothing to do with subprime issues, but had more to do with a slowing global economy. "We are reading the economy and the mood is obviously not as bullish as a year or two ago. So, we have decided to be cost-prudent by holding back the annual promotions and scaling down the bonuses for this year," said head of human resources K Ram Kumar. Shares of Icici dropped 1.1% to $43.

Leading the gainers list among Indian ADRs Wednesday were,

Wipro Limited

(WIT) - Get Report

, which rose 3.8% to $12.27;

Patni Computer Systems

(PTI) - Get Report

, which added 3.1% to $12.94;

Tata Motors

(TTM) - Get Report

, which traded up 2.6% to $16.03; and

Dr. Reddy's Laboratories

(RDY) - Get Report

, which finished 2.4% higher at $15.68.

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China Recap

Asian stocks surged higher Wednesday after the Ministry of Finance announced it will slash the tax stamp from 0.3% to 0.1%. Analysts in the region said short-covering propelled stocks higher as market players anticipate more government measures to boost stock prices. Speculation also made the rounds that China's central bank will cut rates at its next policy meeting.

"Overall market sentiment remains positive. By the end of this month, the Fed will do another rate cut and that will support the market," said Ben Kwong, chief operating officer at KGI Securities Asia.

The Shanghai Composite Index jumped 130 points, or 4.2%, to 3,278, and Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index advanced by 350 points, or 1.4%, to 25,289.

According to a report from


, Chinese Internet search leader


(BIDU) - Get Report

has entered into a partnership with Japan's Waseda University to develop Internet search technologies. Baidu will team up with Waseda to develop Web resources that analyze the Japanese market. American depositary shares of Baidu finished essentially flat at $349.66.

Chinese railway passenger and freight transportation company

Guangshen Railway

(GSH) - Get Report

announced its audited and operating results for the year ending Dec. 31, 2007. Total revenue surged 192.4% to RMB 10.5 billion as compared to 2006 and profit from operations jumped 82.9% to RMB 1.8 billion from the previous year. Net profit also rose 85.5% to RMB 1.4 billion from the previous year. Shares of Guangshen ripped higher by 9% to $29.74 on twice the average daily volume.

Chinese online gaming operator

The9 Limited

(NCTY) - Get Report

announced it has made a strategic investment in Korean online game developer

G10 Entertainment

. Under the terms of the deal, The9 Limited has acquired a minority stake in G10 in exchange for a cash investment of around $38 million. Shares of The9 rose 2.3% to $20.50.

China's leading life insurance company

China Life Insurance

(LFC) - Get Report

announced it will be introducing its first investment-linked insurance policy pegged to the domestic capital market. The new policy will focus on investing in Chinese blue-chip stocks, especially financial stocks and new offerings. Shares of China Life surged higher by 10% to $63.92 on over 3 times the average daily volume.

Yucheng Technologies

( YTEC), a leading provider of IT solutions and services to China's banking sector, announced it has inked an agreement with the Beijing Branch of the Bank of Communications to provide outsourced point-of-sale merchant-acquiring services that will target merchants for credit and debit card processing services. Shares of Yucheng finished higher by 1.6% at $15.63.

Some big winners among Chinese ADRs Wednesday were

China Finance Online

(JRJC) - Get Report

, which rose 16% to $17.29;

Huaneng Power International

(HNP) - Get Report

, which surged higher by 15% to $30.25;

Aluminum Corp. of China

(ACH) - Get Report

, which advanced by 11.3% to $43.75; and

China Southern Airlines

(ZNH) - Get Report

, which traded up 11% to $33.50.

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