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 Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS has 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) .CSE 3385.55 125.3 Indonesia (JSX) .JKSE 2534.36 87 India (Sensex) .BSESN 17478.78 81.2 China (Shanghai Composite) .SSEC 3277.14 80 Taiwan (Taiex) .TWII 8188.11 78.3 Singapore (FT Straits Times) .FTSTI 2897.62 64.5 Thailand (SET) .SETI 734.54 63.3 Philippines (PHS Composite) .PSI 3052.68 63.0 Pakistan (Karachi 100) .KSE 9475.24 61.7 Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh) .VNI 494.77 56.8 Hong Kong (Hang Seng) .HSI 21872.5 52.0 South Korea (KOSPI) .KS11 1682.77 49.7 Malaysia (KLSE Composite) 1269.89 44.8 Australia (S&P/ASX 200) 4870.64 30.9 Tokyo (Nikkei average) .N225 10546.44 19.0 New Zealand (NZX 50) .NZ50 3230.15 18.9 (Compiled by Vidya Ranganathan, Asia Desk; Tel: +65 6870 3090)