Asian stocks overcame an uninspiring handover the U.S. to trade higher on Tuesday after posting steep declines in the previous session.» Read More
Asian shares were mixed on Thursday as investors shrugged off overnight gains in the U.S and turned attention to central bank meetings in Europe. Japan's Nikkei came off a four-and-a-half-year high but held onto most of its gains amid expectations for aggressive monetary easing.
Asian shares hit fresh highs on Wednesday, extending the previous day's rally after a record close for the Dow Jones stock index on upbeat U.S. economic news gave risk appetite a further boost.
Stocks ended near session highs in choppy trading, with the S&P 500 finishing in positive territory for the first Monday in 2013 and the Dow close to hitting its record closing high, as investors shook off earlier worries over China and a lack of progress over the sequester.
U.S. stock index futures were lower Monday amid concerns about the U.S.'s unresolved "sequester" and the introduction of harsher-than-expected property curbs in China.
Asian stocks fell on Monday, dragged down by a slide of 3.7 percent in Shanghai following fresh property curbs. Japanese shares, however, briefly touched a fresh four-and-a-half year peak as comments from the government's nominee as the next Bank of Japan governor fueled hopes for aggressive monetary easing.
A sharp fall on the Milan stock market hit European shares on Thursday, with uncertainty over this weekend's Italian elections.
A massive sell-off in Asian stock markets on Thursday erased the previous day's strong gains after Wall Street fell on minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting as worries mount the United States could stop or cut its monetary stimulus program.
European shares closed lower on Wednesday following varied earning reports. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 Index moved in-and-out of the red in a choppy day of trading.
U.S. stock index futures briefly dipped Wednesday following a weaker-than-expected housing starts report, but rebounded into positive territory ahead of the minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting and a day after all three major averages closed at fresh multi-year highs,
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Asian stock markets climbed higher on Thursday led by Australian shares, which hit a four-year high on strong corporate earnings. Risk sentiment was also boosted by firm gains in Japan and Hong Kong ahead of a weekend meeting of G20 central bank officials.
Asian shares ended higher on Friday as encouraging data from the United States and China boosted prospects for the global economy, while the yen hit new lows ahead of next week's Bank of Japan meeting. Both Tokyo and Hong Kong stock markets surged to multi-month highs on the upbeat sentiment.
Asian shares ended mostly lower on Thursday, paring initial gains as investors cashed in their chips following recent rallies with demand also capped by caution ahead of Chinese data on Friday.
Asian shares ended in the red on Wednesday as cautious investors waited for crucial economic data from China later this week, while the yen's extended gains spurred profit taking in Japanese equities after their recent rally.
Japanese shares surged to multi-year highs on Tuesday on rising expectations that strong political pressure will prompt the Bank of Japan to deliver bold monetary easing measures. Meanwhile, other Asian stock markets struggled as gains were capped on earnings caution.
Asian stocks ended slightly higher on Monday, helped by a 3 percent boost in mainland Chinese shares but trading volume remained light with Japanese financial markets shut for a public holiday.
European equities stalled on Friday, with weak economic data from the United States and concerns about the scope for more stimulus in China giving investors the excuse to lock in profits.