South Korea's Kospi added 0.4 percent to 1,936.79 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 1.4 percent to 23,428.73. Stocks in Southeast Asia and Taiwan also rose. ANALYST'S TAKE: "Our markets have opened firmer after the strong rebound in energy prices," said Tony Kwok, a sales trader in Sydney for CMC Markets.» Read More
Asian markets ended the last trading session of 2008 mostly higher. However, markets suffered record losses for the whole year.
Asian markets closed mixed Tuesday in thin year-end trading. Oil prices and shares of resource producers rose as violence in the middle east escalated stirring caution among investors and denting the dollar.
Asian stocks closed mixed Monday with Japan pushing back into the black right at the end of the Nikkei's trading session. Bank and financial shares weaker and energy-sensitive shares such as airlines falling on the oil rebound. Trading activity was limited before New Year's holiday.
Asian stocks finished the Christmas Eve session mixed with markets closing early, in holiday-thinned trade Wednesday.
Asia stock markets retreated for a third straight day Tuesday as more investors locked in profits on the year-end rally and prepared to close their books on one of the worst years in decades.
Asia markets were mostly lower Monday though Japan managed to finish higher, while the dollar retreated after the U.S. government's $17.4 billion of rescue loans to ailing automakers last week.
Asian markets were mostly higher, helped by property and bank shares, on hopes policymakers will follow the Fed's lead and cut rates with abandon to spur growth. But the U.S. dollar sank to 13-year lows against the yen.
Asia stocks rose and the U.S. dollar remained under pressure Wednesday after the Federal Reserve cut rates to a record low, paving the way for regional policymakers to take more aggressive actions to support growth.
Asian markets were mostly lower Tuesday, ahead of an expected 10th rate cut by the U.S. Federal Reserve since the financial crisis began and likely dismal results from Goldman Sachs, while the dollar hit a two-month low against the euro.
Gold has reached a good base of $730 and it looks likely to break out of that negative trend, Robin Griffiths, technical analyst at Cazenove Capital, told CNBC.
Asian markets made strong gains Monday with both Japan and South Korea climbing 5% on renewed hopes for a bailout of the U.S. automaker industry.
Asian markets were hit hard by news the U.S. Senate had failed to reach an agreement on a bailout plan to rescue the ailing Big Three automakers. Losses in the Japanese market accelerated in the afternoon as a sharp selloff in key auto stocks put pressure on the market
Stocks in Asia were mixed Thursday as concerns over the global economy once again took center stage, while renewed uncertainty about the U.S. auto bailout plan sparked a subtle shift towards assets seen safer such as the yen.
Asian stocks hit a one-month high Wednesday on hopes for government-led help for key sectors such as technology, which encouraged risk-taking to the detriment of assets perceived as safer.
Asian stocks were mixed Tuesday. Any gains were kept in check as hopes for big government spending to revive growth were offset by investors shying away from risk in wrapping up a brutal 2008.
Asia markets rallied sharply Monday, with investors taking heart from a rescue plan for U.S. automakers and hopes that the sharp drop in oil prices will ease some of the pain for households facing mounting layoffs.
Sydney and Tokyo led Asian bourses higher in what was a mixed day for the region marked by thin trade as investors stayed on the sidelines in the wake of the U.S. Thanksgiving Day holiday.
Asian market rose for a fifth day Thursday, helped by hopes that policymakers' efforts will ultimately prevail after a surprise and aggressive rate cut from China, though U.S. data ominously reflected a deep recession.
Stocks in Japan and Australia fell Wednesday after a report showed the U.S. economy shrank by the most since 2001, underscoring sharply slowing global demand, while South Korean shares were boosted by steelmakers after BHP Billiton killed its bid for Rio Tinto.
Asian markets rose Tuesday and so-called safe haven assets such as bonds fell after the U.S. government rescued banking giant Citigroup to prevent further damage to the ailing global financial system.