MANILA, Philippines – Global stocks were mostly higher Thursday, after U.S. stocks were lifted by an uptick in oil prices. A weakening of the Japanese yen pushed Tokyo’s benchmark 2.7 per cent higher.
KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s FTSE 100 was down 0.2 per cent at 6,394.78 in early trading. France’s CAC 40 was down 0.1 per cent to 4,588.31. German’s DAX was up 0.2 per cent at 10,440.67. Auguring a positive opening on Wall Street, Dow and S&P futures edged up 0.1 per cent.
THE QUOTE: “Asian markets are breaking out,” said Chris Weston, IG Chief Market Strategist. “Bulk commodities and oil … are flying. This can’t go on forever, but it’s a freight train and not one I am prepared to get in front of.”
ASIA’S DAY: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 ended 2.7 per cent higher at 17,363.62, as exporters’ shares gained, since a weaker yen usually tends to boost their profits. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng climbed 1.8 per cent to 21,622.25. The Shanghai Composite index shed early gains, falling 0.7 per cent to 2,952.89. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 rose 1.1 per cent to 5,336.40. South Korea’s KOSPI added 0.8 per cent to 2,022.10. Southeast Asian markets were higher.
ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil shed earlier gains, losing 6 cents to $44.12 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange after a settlement of $44.18 a barrel on Wednesday. Brent crude, the international standard, edged 2 cents higher to $45.82 a barrel.
CURRENCIES: The euro fell to $1.1291 from $1.1303 on Wednesday. The dollar fell to 109.77 yen from 109.85 yen.