Asian shares rise on Wall Street gains, upbeat Japan data
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HONG KONG — Asian share indexes advanced Friday, guided by Wall Street gains and healthy quarterly economic data from Japan.
KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 1.1
JAPAN DATA: Government data showed Asia's second-largest economy expanded at an annualized 2.5
US SHUTDOWN: Congress passed a stopgap bill to avert a government shutdown over the weekend. The move keeps the government running until Dec. 22, buying more time for unfinished talks on a range of issues and averting market risks for investors for the day.
QUOTEWORTHY: "Early movers in the Asia region were seen emerging from the gloom this morning, the likes of Japan and South Korea markets kicking off in black," said Jingyi Pan, strategist at CMC Markets in Singapore. "Notably, Japan's equity market was seen receiving a boost from the latest upward revision" of third quarter GDP," she said.
WALL STREET: Major U.S. benchmarks perked higher following a weeklong lull. The S&P 500 rose 0.3
ENERGY: Oil futures retreated. Benchmark U.S. crude slipped 7 cents to $56.62 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract added 73 cents to settle at $56.69 per barrel. Brent crude, the international standard, rose lost 8 cents to $62.12 a barrel in London.
CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 113.36 Japanese yen from 113.10 yen late Thursday. The euro dipped to $1.766 from $1.1774.