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International stocks trading in New York closed higher on Wednesday, as the S&P/BNY Mellon index of American depositary receipts rose 0.5% to 165.73.

The European index rose 0.6% to 161.36. The Asian index rose 0.3% to 188.25. The Latin American index increased 0.1% to 227.74, while the emerging-markets index added 0.2% to 312.40.

Japan's Earlyworks Co. Ltd. was the biggest leader during the session, rocketing 69.3% to 81 cents, and China-based Puyi Inc. soared 47.0% to $5.88. Inc., which is based in China, rounded out the top three leaders on Wednesday, with shares soaring 28.2% to $6.04.

Hywin Holdings Ltd., based in China, posted the largest decline, tumbling 14.2% to $1.81, followed by shares of Japan's Warrantee Inc., which plunged 12.1% to 33 cents. Shares of China-based Fresh2 Group Ltd. dropped 9.1% to 72 cents.

Data source: Dow Jones Market Data, FactSet.

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