Asian stocks are driven by oil and upbeat US data
On Wednesday, stocks across Asia edged up, as crude oil prices dared to advance to their highest peaks in more than seven months, while market participants share upbeat sentiment as for the prospect of the Fed’s another interest-rate lift right after the official release of positive economic data.
Shares in Hong Kong rose 2.5%, inspired by state-owned energy companies, including PetroChina Co., which grew more thant 4.3%. Energy shares on the benchmark Hang Seng Index acquired 3.4%.
Meanwhile, in other regions of Asia, Japanese Nikkei Stock Average soared by 1.7%, Australian S&P ASX 200 gained 1.7%, while Korean Kospi grew 1.3%. The Shanghai Composite Index went up 0.1%.
Crude prices, that went up overnight, and kept tacking on revenues during Asia trade, shocked the region’s markets. Financial experts were watching for a probable break above $50 per barrel, a level, which hasn’t been challenged for months yet amid ongoing concerns about global oversupply.