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Asian shares notch gains after Wall Street rallies; Nikkei jumps 292 points

Asian shares notch gains after Wall Street rallies; Nikkei jumps 292 points

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By CNBCTV18.COMFeb 26, 2018 7:28:27 AM IST (Published)

South Korea's benchmark Kospi added 0.42 percent while the junior Kosdaq saw more significant gains, climbing 1.05 percent in early trade.

Asian markets rose early on Monday, tracking gains seen on Wall Street as US bond yields receded from recent four-year highs in the last session.

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Japan's Nikkei 225 soared 292.69 points, or 1.34 percent, with technology stocks, financials and automakers higher on the day. Among index heavyweights, SoftBank Group jumped 1.79 percent and Fast Retailing rose 1.34 percent.
Elsewhere, South Korea's benchmark Kospi added 0.42 percent while the junior Kosdaq saw more significant gains, climbing 1.05 percent in early trade.
Amid the mixed tech sector, heavyweight Samsung Electronics rose 0.21 percent after unveiling its new Galaxy S9 model on Sunday. Shares of chipmaker SK Hynix advanced 1.03 percent and LG Display was up 0.83 percent.
Down Under, the S&P/ASX 200 edged up 0.38 percent as the index reclaimed the 6,000 level. The heavily weighted financials sector rose 0.61 percent, making it one of the best-performing sectors in the morning. Gains were also seen in the energy sector, which rose 0.94 percent as Woodside Petroleum and Oil Search rose 1.43 percent and 0.4 percent, respectively.
On the earnings front, Hong Kong's CLP and Hutchison Telecommunications are among the regional corporates expected to report on Monday.
Gains in the region tracked the rally seen on Wall Street on Friday, which saw US stock indexes notching gains of more than 1 percent. The S&P 500 closed higher by 1.6 percent and the Dow Jones industrial average rose 1.39 percent in the last session.
The Dow and S&P 500 finished the week with gains of 0.4 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve's monetary policy report released on Friday indicated "gradual adjustments" in policy ahead, given how policymakers saw the US economy past full employment.
The release of the report came ahead of Fed Chair Jerome Powell's testimony before Congress on Tuesday. Markets are awaiting his comments for clues on the central bank's interest rate hike path.
In individual stocks, Australia's BlueScope Steel rose 4.87 percent after the company reported first-half net profit after tax rose 23 percent to come in at 441.2 million Australian dollars (USD 345.8 million). It also announced that its share buyback would be extended by AUSD 150 million.
In currencies, the dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six currencies, traded at 89.976 at 8:28 a.m. HK/SIN, firmer than Friday's close of 89.884. Against the yen, the dollar traded at 107.03.
On the commodities front, oil prices were steady after touching two-week highs in the previous session. The gains last week came after a surprise decline in US crude inventories and a shutdown of a Libyan oilfield.
US crude futures was flat at USD 63.55 per barrel and Brent crude futures was off by 0.03 percent at USD 67.29.
What's on Tap
The economic calendar for Monday is light on data (all times in HK/SIN):
1:00 p.m.: Singapore industrial production
4:00 p.m.: Taiwan unemployment rate
Ahead, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi is expected to speak during European hours.
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