Asian shares rise after Wall Street stocks hit record high

Asian shares jumped on Tuesday, with Japanese stocks hitting a 30-year high, as hopes that a long-awaited U.S. pandemic relief package would be expanded and a Brexit trade deal supported investor risk appetite.

Asian Shares

  • MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.46%.
  • Australian stocks rose 0.55%.
  • Japan’s Nikkei leapt 1.63% to its highest since August 1990, while shares in China rose 0.1%.

Oil Prices

  • Brent crude rose 0.69% to $51.21 per barrel.
  • U.S. crude was up 0.71% at $47.96 a barrel.

Currency

  • The dollar index against a basket of six major currencies stood at 90.241, not far from the lowest in more than two years.