*Consensus grows for Brent to remain above $60 for rest of year. SINGAPORE, Dec 22- Brent crude futures rose more than 2 percent toward $63 a barrel on Monday as Asian markets firmed into a holiday-shortened week and consensus spread that prices would likely remain above $60 for the rest of the year. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan...» Read More
Asian stocks closed firmly higher Wednesday, though off their earlier highs, after the U.S. Federal Reserve, in a joint effort with other central banks, said it would add up to $200 billion in funds to help resuscitate strained credit markets.
Asian markets moved out of negative territory and closed higher Tuesday. Japan and South Korea both ended over 1 percent higher despite initial sharp losses during the morning.
Asian stocks slumped to a seven-week low Monday, following a fall in U.S. stocks last Friday, after data showed employment fell in February at its fastest rate in five years, heightening worries about the economy.
Asian markets performed dismally Friday as fears of more credit-related losses hit financial shares and a record low U.S. dollar routed exporters. Japan, Australia and Hong Kong all closed over 3 percent lower.
Asian markets rallied Thursday, with Japan and South Korea both finishing over 1 percent higher after more positive economic data out of the U.S. eased investor concerns over a global recession.
Asian stocks had a shaky performance Wednesday with markets drifting back and forth for most of the session, but ending mainly lower as credit worries and fears over the health of the U.S. economy lingered.
Asian markets closed mostly lower Tuesday, having drifted in and out of negative territory during volatile trading. Japan closed flat, but Chinese stocks ended 2.3 percent in the red. Gold and platinum hovered at or near record highs.
Asian stocks bled into the afternoon Monday, with Tokyo the hardest hit market, closing 4.5 percent lower, burdened by growing fears about a U.S. recession and more writedowns in the financial sector.
Asian markets were heavily soldoff Friday, with the exception of Chinese stocks, as the specter of a U.S. recession haunted Asian investors as the U.S. dollar hit a three-year lower against the yen and gold and oil prices struck all-time highs.
Asian markets ended mostly lower Thursday as worries about the sickly U.S. economy were exacerbated by a falling dollar, which could prop up U.S. firms at the expense of Asia's exporters.
Asian markets closed higher across the board Wednesday, marking a third straight session of gains. Hong Kong was the best performer, closing over 3 percent higher, and Japan ended over 1 percent up.
Asian stocks pulled back from an early rally to close broadly higher Tuesday. Japan ended weaker and South Korea closed flat. But Australia managed to hang on to its advance to finish in positive territory.
Asian markets rallied in the afternoon session Monday with financials stocks advancing on talks of a possible rescue plan for U.S. bond insurer Ambac. Japan surged 3 percent, but Shanghai shares slumped over 4 percent.
Asian markets closed lower Friday, with investors spooked by fresh evidence that the U.S. economy is in recession. Japan and South Korea both closed 1 percent lower.
Most Asian markets made firm gains Thursday, as solid earnings and expectations of further U.S. interest rate cuts outweighed worries about inflation, even as oil hit a record high above $101 a barrel.
Asian markets closed sharply lower Wednesday with Japan losing over 3 percent lower and both Australia and South Korea ending around 2 percent down.
Asian stocks ended mostly in the green Tuesday as investors, sought undervalued bank shares and exporters that could gain from a modestly stronger U.S. dollar. Japan, South Korea and Australia all closed stronger.
Asian stocks closed mixed Monday, as investors shrugged off a rash of weak economic indicators to keep most markets afloat. Japan and South Korea closed just a touch higher, which the Hong Kong market fell.
Asian stocks ended the week with a mixed session Friday, but off their earlier lows. Japan closed almost flat despite making sharp losses in the morning. South Korea finished just slightly lower.
Asian markets surged in the afternoon session, buoyed by a surprise increase in U.S. retail sales and unexpectedly strong growth figures for the Japanese economy. Both Tokyo and Seoul closed over 4 percent higher.