Hong Kong shares rise at open

Hong Kong stocks opened higher Thursday, following a largely positive lead on Wall Street as the US Federal Reserve chief offered an upbeat assessment of the economy.

The Hang Seng Index added 0.49 percent, or 138.79 points, to 28,256.21.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.13 percent, or 3.76 points, to 2,791.02 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China’s second exchange, edged up 0.02 percent, or 0.34 points, to 1,588.46.

Source: AFP

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Japan Stocks Rise as Tech Names Advance After Overseas Earnings

Japanese stocks rose as technology companies boosted the Topix index following positive earnings from IBM and ASML Holding NV.

Topix rose 0.4% to 1,757.48 as of morning close in Tokyo; added 2.9% in previous four days while Nikkei 225 gained 0.3% to 22,863.30.

Tokyo Electron Ltd. was among the biggest boosts to the benchmark gauge alongside banks such as Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. The yen gained 0.1 percent to 112.74 per dollar after touching the lowest level in more than six months on Wednesday.

Source: Bloomberg

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Japan Stocks Rise After Holiday as Weaker Yen Lifts Automakers

Japanese stocks rose as the market reopened after a three-day weekend, boosted by automaker shares while the yen weakened.

Topix rose 0.9% to 1,745.05 at close in Tokyo while Nikkei 225 added 0.4% at 22,697.36. Yen weakened 0.1% at 112.36 per dollar; gained 0.2% over previous 2 sessions.

Railway and food stocks also lifted the Topix index as investors shrugged off trade war concerns that saw major markets retreat on Monday. The Japanese currency fell against the greenback for the first time three days. Nintendo Co. rose after it was upgraded to buy by Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Toyota Motor +1.3%, Suzuki Motor +3.8%, Honda +0.9%. Electric appliances group: Keyence -2.2%, Fanuc -4.1%, Mitsubishi Electric -2.8%

Source: Bloomberg

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