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Asian Markets Update

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Asia-Pacific stocks were higher Thursday, aided by strength in Chinese banks and regional tech companies, after equities hit fresh record highs on Wall Street overnight.

Hong Kong stocks HSI, +0.49%   were 0.4% higher and benchmarks on the mainland logged similar gains. Bank stocks in China rose after data showed housing prices rose last month in 57 of 70 cities measured by the National Bureau of Statistics.

On the tech front, Taiwan’s Taiex benchmark Y9999, +0.61%   was recently up 0.7%, hitting a 28-year high, while South Korea’s Kospi SEU, +0.02%   rose 0.3%. Samsung Electronics 005930, +0.56%  rebounded 1.1%, putting the week’s gain at 4%.

In Japan, with tech companies TDK 6762, +1.26%   up 2.5% and Rohm 6963, +3.25%  rising nearly 4%, the Nikkei Stock Average NIK, -0.44%   finished the morning session up 0.5% after breaching 24,000 for the first time since November 1991.

The U.S. dollar JPYUSD, +0.067445%   was rebounding Thursday. It ended a six-day losing streak against the yen Wednesday and was recently around ¥111.35, compared with ¥110.85 at the end of local stock trading yesterday.

“We have seen the bulls showing their complete dominance again,” said Chris Weston, chief market strategist at IG Markets.

Australian stocks XJO, -0.02%   weren’t moved by news of strong job growth in December, though the local currency fell as unemployment ticked higher. That suggests the central bank could continue to put off rate increases.

Later Thursday, China will report fourth-quarter economic growth data. According to a poll of economists conducted by The Wall Street Journal, China’s economy is expected to have grown by 6.7% in the final quarter of 2017. It grew 6.8% in the third quarter.

Investors will also be keeping an eye on U.S. Treasurys after the 10-year yield hit fresh 10-month highs and nearly breached 2.6% on Wednesday. That followed the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book report that pointed to tight labor markets and modest wage growth.

Bitcoin prices BTCUSD, -4.01%   have steadied at around $11,000 after slumping below $10,000 on Wednesday. Oil prices rose about 0.3% in Asia after data from the American Petroleum Institute, an industry group, showed a fall in U.S. crude inventories.

Source:marketwatch.com

Asia-Pacific stocks were higher Thursday, aided by strength in Chinese banks and regional tech companies, after equities hit fresh record highs on Wall Street overnight.

Hong Kong stocks HSI, +0.49%   were 0.4% higher and benchmarks on the mainland logged similar gains. Bank stocks in China rose after data showed housing prices rose last month in 57 of 70 cities measured by the National Bureau of Statistics.

On the tech front, Taiwan’s Taiex benchmark Y9999, +0.61%   was recently up 0.7%, hitting a 28-year high, while South Korea’s Kospi SEU, +0.02%   rose 0.3%. Samsung Electronics 005930, +0.56%  rebounded 1.1%, putting the week’s gain at 4%.

In Japan, with tech companies TDK 6762, +1.26%   up 2.5% and Rohm 6963, +3.25%  rising nearly 4%, the Nikkei Stock Average NIK, -0.44%   finished the morning session up 0.5% after breaching 24,000 for the first time since November 1991.

The U.S. dollar JPYUSD, +0.067445%   was rebounding Thursday. It ended a six-day losing streak against the yen Wednesday and was recently around ¥111.35, compared with ¥110.85 at the end of local stock trading yesterday.

“We have seen the bulls showing their complete dominance again,” said Chris Weston, chief market strategist at IG Markets.

Australian stocks XJO, -0.02%   weren’t moved by news of strong job growth in December, though the local currency fell as unemployment ticked higher. That suggests the central bank could continue to put off rate increases.

Later Thursday, China will report fourth-quarter economic growth data. According to a poll of economists conducted by The Wall Street Journal, China’s economy is expected to have grown by 6.7% in the final quarter of 2017. It grew 6.8% in the third quarter.

Investors will also be keeping an eye on U.S. Treasurys after the 10-year yield hit fresh 10-month highs and nearly breached 2.6% on Wednesday. That followed the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book report that pointed to tight labor markets and modest wage growth.

Bitcoin prices BTCUSD, -4.01%   have steadied at around $11,000 after slumping below $10,000 on Wednesday. Oil prices rose about 0.3% in Asia after data from the American Petroleum Institute, an industry group, showed a fall in U.S. crude inventories.

Source:marketwatch.com

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