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Asian markets rise on optimism over U.S. stimulus

Asian markets advanced in early trading Tuesday, after Wall Street hit new records and ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve meeting.

Japan’s Nikkei 225
NIK,
+0.52%

rose 0.6% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index
HSI,
+0.65%

gained 0.5%. The Shanghai Composite
SHCOMP,
+0.78%

inched 0.2% and the smaller-cap Shenzhen Composite
399106,
+1.08%

advanced 0.4%. South Korea’s Kospi
180721,
+0.70%

rose 0.5%. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200
XJO,
+0.80%

jumped 1.3%, powered by bank stocks such as Commonwealth Bank
CBA,
+0.90%

and ANZ
ANZ,
+0.56%
.
Stocks dipped in Singapore
STI,
+0.08%

after the government found uncertain labor market conditions, but benchmark indexes gained in Taiwan
Y9999,
+0.39%

and Indonesia
JAKIDX,
-0.23%
.

“The $1.9 [trillion] stimulus package in the U.S. will lead to a stronger U.S. and global recovery,  hence more exports for China, which continues to resonate through Asia risk sentiment as the global synchronized growth story looks more in sync than only one week ago,” Stephen Innes, chief global markets strategist at Axi, wrote in a note.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average
DJIA,
+0.53%

and S&P 500
SPX,
+0.65%

each hit new highs Monday, while the Nasdaq Composite
COMP,
+1.05%

rose more than 1% as investors welcomed the stimulus package signed last week by President Joe Biden and shook off six weeks of rising Treasury yields.

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Benchmark U.S. crude
CLJ21,
-0.84%

 dipped to $64.86 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude
BRNK21,
-0.83%
,
the international standard for pricing, slipped to $68.30 per barrel.

The U.S. dollar
USDJPY,
+0.09%

 was little changed at 109.17 Japanese yen.

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