Asian stocks received a positive lead on Wednesday as US and European markets were lifted after Greece debt concerns eased. Asian markets ended mostly higher Tuesday. Australian share advanced 0.3 per cent despite central bank raised the official interest rate by 25 basis points in board meeting yesterday. South Korea's Kospi posted a solid gain yesterday with a 1.3 per cent rise, Japan's Nikkei 225 Average gained 0.5 per cent and Taiwan's Taiex was up 0.3 per cent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index fell 0.7 per cent, dragged by disappointing earnings of HSBC. China's Shanghai Composite fell 0.5 per cent.
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Asian shares Monday are expected to be buoyed after Wall Street delivered its best week of the year. China's Shanghai bourse will open today after a long holiday for the Lunar New Year. The Hong Kong and Tokyo stocks lost more than 2 percent Friday on U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to raise its discount rate. The discount rate hike also sent commodities prices lower and hit resources shares in the region.
Asian markets ended higher Tuesday. Trading remained thin while markets including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore were closed. Japan's Nikkei advanced 0.2 per cent and South Korea's Kospi rose 0.5 per cent, driven by good leads in financial and resources sector. Commodities prices were higher as risk appetite returned. Hong Kong and Singapore bourses resume trading on Wednesday.
Asian shares delivered a positive opening this morning. The Asian bourses were higher in thin trade on the last day of 2009 as commodity prices rose and China pledged to maintain policies that helped pull the world economy out of recession. For the year, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index added 52%, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 Index gained 31% in 2009 and Singapore was up 65 percent over the year. But Wall Street tumbled on the final trading day in 2009. Dow index remains down 26 per cent from its 2007 highs.
Asian share markets mostly fell on Friday as investors' sentiment turned soured after the Wall Street losses overnight. Tokyo stocks fell sharply with the key Nikkei index hitting a fresh four-month intraday low under 9,500. Yen remained strong despite many key currencies were lower against US dollar.