Australian stocks opened higher on Wednesday after Wall Street rallied on encouraging economic data and positive quarterly earnings from retail giant Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT). Metals and oil were all trading higher on Tuesday.
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Most Asian stock markets rebounded Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve's pledge to keep interest rates near zero for "an extended period". But analysts expect this would be a temporary rebound. Yesterday, Japan's Nikkei rose 1.6 per cent, boosted by the upbeat earnings reports. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index added 1.6%, South Korea's Kospi climbed 1.0 per cent and Taiwan's Taiex climbed 1.8 per cent.