Asian markets gain after record highs on Wall Street – MarketWatch

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Asian markets gain after record highs on Wall Street – MarketWatch

Asian shares rose Tuesday following a rally on Wall Street that sent the major indexes to record highs, cheered by surprisingly strong economic reports out of China.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225

NIK, +0.47%

  added 0.5% in early trading. South Korea’s Kospi

180721, +1.27%

  gained 1.1%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng

HSI, +1.22%

  added 1.1%, while the Shanghai Composite

SHCOMP, +1.27%

  rose 0.9%. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200

XJO, -0.04%

  was little changed.

Among individual stocks, oil producer Inpex

1605, +3.97%

  gained in Tokyo trading, along with SoftBank

9984, +1.53%

  and Konami

9766, +2.01%

 . In Hong Kong, CNOOC

883, +2.73%

 , Tencent

700, +3.17%

  and Country Garden

2007, +2.36%

  advanced. Samsung

005930, +3.66%

  surged in South Korea, and Rio Tinto

RIO, +1.49%

  and Beach Energy

BPT, +0.38%

  rose in Australia.

On Wall Street, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq notched all-time highs for the third straight trading day. The Dow Jones Industrial Average bested its last record high set in late November.

Among the reports out of China helping drive the rally were growth in factory activity and retail sales in the world’s second-largest economy that both beat analysts’ expectations for last month.

The market got a big confidence boost late last week after the United States and China reached a long-awaited “phase one” trade deal. The trade pact removed some of the uncertainty that’s hung over businesses and investors.

“What’s important about it is that we’re not witnessing an acceleration in the trade war,” said Quincy Krosby, chief market strategist at Prudential Financial. “Right now, what the market is looking at is the possibility that we go into 2020 and we actually see global growth beginning to emerge, even if it’s not immediate.”

The S&P 500

SPX, +0.71%

  rose 22.65 points, or 0.7%, to 3,191.45. The benchmark index is on a four-day winning streak. The Dow Jones Industrial Average

DJIA, +0.36%

  gained 100.51 points, or 0.4%, to 28,235.89. The Nasdaq composite

COMP, +0.91%

  climbed 79.35 points, or 0.9%, to 8,814.23.

The U.S. and China agreed last week to cut tariffs on some of each others’ goods and postpone other tariff threats, the first time the two countries have stepped back from the brink in their 17-month trade fight.

In return, China promised to ramp up its purchases of U.S. agricultural, energy and other goods and to stop forcing U.S. companies to turn over technology as a condition of doing business in that country.

The interim trade deal is one of a “trifecta of positive catalysts” that swept through the market last week and could help support it through the end of the year, Morgan Stanley strategists wrote in a research note. The others are a Federal Reserve that appears committed to keeping interest rates low and the potential for an orderly exit by the United Kingdom from the European Union following last week’s U.K. elections.

Benchmark U.S. crude

CLF20, -0.22%

  slipped 4 cents to $60.17 a barrel. It rose 14 cents to $60.21 a barrel Monday. Brent crude

BRNG20, -0.28%

 , the international standard, stood unchanged at $65.34 per barrel.

The dollar

USDJPY, +0.06%

  rose to 109.52 Japanese yen from 109.42 yen on Friday.

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