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Asian Markets Update

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Asian stocks powered higher Tuesday, building on continued records in the U.S. as the earnings season there began strongly and as investors shrugged off risks at home.

Indexes in Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea rose more than 1%; indexes in China, Australia and India, more than 0.5%.

The gains came despite the U.S.’s imposing steep tariffs on imports of washing machines and solar panels, aimed mainly at Asian producers—including South Korean washing-machine makers Samsung Electronics 005930, +1.91%  and LG Electronics 066570, +0.46%  . Samsung rebounded 1.9% in Seoul, erasing most of its Monday’s slide, while LG ended 0.5% higher after earlier dropping as much as 5% following the U.S. trade action.

Korea’s Kospi SEU, +1.38%  finished with a 1.4% gain, its best since October, at a two-month high—just 0.8% below November’s record.

Japan’s Nikkei NIK, +1.29%  rose 1.3% to close above 24,000 for the first time since November 1991, continuing to climb even after the Bank of Japan’s midday policy statement gave a fresh lift to the yen. A stronger yen tends to pressure a number of Japanese stocks.

The yen later retreated, after BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said the central bank hasn’t reached the point at which it needs to consider how to exit monetary stimulus. The yen was last at ¥111.06 to the dollar, after strengthening to as much as ¥110.59 earlier in the session.

Global equities have started the year strong. In the U.S., both the S&P 500 SPX, +0.81%  and Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.98%  have had 11 record closes in the first 14 trading days.

The major U.S. indexes set fresh record highs Monday after leaders in the Senate said they reached a deal to fund the federal government for three weeks as negotiations on a longer-term deal continue. Congress approved the extension, ending a government shutdown, after the close of U.S. stock trading.

In Hong Kong, an index that tracks China-based companies that also trade in the city was up Tuesday for an 18th straight session, easily its longest ever. Hong Kong’s benchmark Hang Seng HSI, +1.66% itself rose 1.2%, climbing deeper into record territory.

In India, the Sensex 1, +0.75%   topped 36000 for the first time, just four sessions after hitting 35000; in Taiwan, the Taiex index Y9999, +0.19% set another 28-year high.

Source:marketwatch.com

Asian stocks powered higher Tuesday, building on continued records in the U.S. as the earnings season there began strongly and as investors shrugged off risks at home.

Indexes in Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea rose more than 1%; indexes in China, Australia and India, more than 0.5%.

The gains came despite the U.S.’s imposing steep tariffs on imports of washing machines and solar panels, aimed mainly at Asian producers—including South Korean washing-machine makers Samsung Electronics 005930, +1.91%  and LG Electronics 066570, +0.46%  . Samsung rebounded 1.9% in Seoul, erasing most of its Monday’s slide, while LG ended 0.5% higher after earlier dropping as much as 5% following the U.S. trade action.

Korea’s Kospi SEU, +1.38%  finished with a 1.4% gain, its best since October, at a two-month high—just 0.8% below November’s record.

Japan’s Nikkei NIK, +1.29%  rose 1.3% to close above 24,000 for the first time since November 1991, continuing to climb even after the Bank of Japan’s midday policy statement gave a fresh lift to the yen. A stronger yen tends to pressure a number of Japanese stocks.

The yen later retreated, after BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said the central bank hasn’t reached the point at which it needs to consider how to exit monetary stimulus. The yen was last at ¥111.06 to the dollar, after strengthening to as much as ¥110.59 earlier in the session.

Global equities have started the year strong. In the U.S., both the S&P 500 SPX, +0.81%  and Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.98%  have had 11 record closes in the first 14 trading days.

The major U.S. indexes set fresh record highs Monday after leaders in the Senate said they reached a deal to fund the federal government for three weeks as negotiations on a longer-term deal continue. Congress approved the extension, ending a government shutdown, after the close of U.S. stock trading.

In Hong Kong, an index that tracks China-based companies that also trade in the city was up Tuesday for an 18th straight session, easily its longest ever. Hong Kong’s benchmark Hang Seng HSI, +1.66% itself rose 1.2%, climbing deeper into record territory.

In India, the Sensex 1, +0.75%   topped 36000 for the first time, just four sessions after hitting 35000; in Taiwan, the Taiex index Y9999, +0.19% set another 28-year high.

Source:marketwatch.com

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