Asian shares higher
Asian markets rallied for a fourth consecutive day Thursday with strong commodity prices lifting related shares while a weaker yen led to buying in Japanese exporters.
Tokyo was up 3.84 percent as the dollar moved higher against the Japanese unit in Asia. The auto sector also helped drive gains on news that Mitsubishi Motors was in talks with PSA Peugeot-Citroen about a tie-up.
Hong Kong gained 1.19 percent, Sydney was up 0.26 percent while Seoul added 1.47 percent.
TOKYO: Up 3.84 percent. The Nikkei-225 index gained 368.73 points to 9,977.67.
HONG KONG: Up 1.19 percent. The Hang Seng Index gained 264.3 points to 22,553.87.
SYDNEY: Up 0.26 percent. The S&P/ASX 200 picked up 12.2 points to 4,774.6.
SHANGHAI: Down 0.16 percent. The Shanghai Composite Index, which covers both A and B shares, was down 5.12 points at 3,264.63.
SEOUL: Up 1.47 percent. The KOSPI ended up 23.37 points at 1,615.00.
TAIPEI: Flat. The weighted index rose 7.05 points, or 0.09 percent, to 7,684.67
SINGAPORE: Up 0.42 percent. The Straits Times Index was 11.84 points higher at 2,808.18.
BANGKOK: Up 1.92 percent. The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) composite index rose 13.33 points to 706.84.
KUALA LUMPUR: Flat. The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index gained 1.20 points, or 0.09 percent, to close at 1,272.35.
JAKARTA: Up 1.15 percent. The Jakarta Composite Index gained 28.47 points to 2,500.03.
MANILA: Down 0.93 percent. The index fell 29.05 points to 3,090.91.
MUMBAI: Flat. The 30-share Sensex closed up 15.77 points or 0.09 percent at 17,185.68.