Asian shares rise on Wall Street gains

Published: February 06, 2019 11:35:57 | Updated: February 08, 2019 14:30:13


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Shares have advanced in Asia following a rally on Wall Street led by technology companies. There was little if any immediate reaction to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 index gained 0.4 per cent to 20,921.05 early Wednesday. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 also climbed 0.4 per cent, helped by buying of banks’ shares, to 6,030.90.

Markets in Hong Kong, mainland China and most of Southeast Asia were closed for lunar new year holidays.

The overnight rally in US markets, supported by strong corporate earnings, extended the benchmark S&P 500 index’s winning streak to five days, reports AP.

More than 68 per cent of companies reporting earnings in the S&P 500 beat analyst forecasts during the most recent quarter. Those results, in part, helped drive the market’s best January in 32 years.

The S&P 500 index added 0.5 per cent to 2,737.70. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.7 per cent to 25,411.52. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite added 0.7 per cent to 7,402.08.

The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies picked up 0.2 per cent, to 1,520.23.

US crude oil added 7 cents to $53.73 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It fell 1.6 per cent to settle at $53.66 per barrel on Tuesday.

Brent crude, used to price international oils, picked up 4 cents to $62.02 per barrel. It slid 0.8 per cent to close at $61.98 per barrel in London.

The dollar slipped to 109.80 yen from 109.96 yen on Tuesday. The euro weakened versus the dollar to $1.1399 from $1.1405.

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