Asian stocks driven higher | The Daily Star
11:00 PM, October 20, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:00 PM, October 20, 2009

Asian stocks driven higher

Asian markets pushed to new highs on Tuesday, lifted by confidence in upcoming corporate results as well as surging oil prices.
Better than expected data from US computer giant Apple as well as an upbeat outlook from machinery maker Caterpillar lifted sentiment.
Tokyo surged almost one percent to a one-month high, while Hong Kong put on 0.83 percent, a level last touched 14 months ago.
Wall Street rose 0.96 percent to a fresh high for the year.
Commodities were lifted again as crude prices edged closer to 80 dollars a barrel, helped by a weaker dollar. And gold stocks were also boosted as the precious metal stayed around its record highs.
TOKYO: Up 0.98 percent. The Nikkei-225 gained 100.33 points to 10,336.84.
HONG KONG: Up 0.83 percent. The Hang Seng Index finished up 184.50 points at 22,384.96.
SHANGHAI: Up 1.52 percent. The Shanghai Composite Index, which covers both A and B shares, was up 46.18 points to 3,084.45.
SEOUL: Up 0.61 percent. The KOSPI ended up 10.08 points at 1,659.15.
SINGAPORE: Flat. The Straits Times Index eased 0.61 points to 2,711.09.
BANGKOK: Down 0.82 percent. The Stock Exchange of Thailand fell 6.01 points to 725.60.
KUALA LUMPUR: Up 0.34 percent. The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index gained 4.25 points to 1,265.74.
JAKARTA: Down 0.74 percent. The Jakarta Composite Index lost 18.70 points to 2,502.22.
MANILA: Up 0.45 percent. The composite index gained 13.06 points to 2,945.26.
MUMBAI: Down 0.59 percent. The 30-share Sensex dropped 103 points to 17,223.01.

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