Asian shares rose to record highs on Friday, with Japan’s Nikkei hitting a three-decade peak as investors looked beyond rising coronavirus cases and political unrest in the United States to focus on hopes for an economic recovery later in the year.
The upbeat mood came after Wall Street hit record highs on Thursday while bond prices fell as markets bet a new Democratic-controlled government would lead to heavy spending and borrowing to support the U.S. economic recovery.
The buoyant mood lifted MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan up 1%, touching a record high.
Seoul’s Kospi led the way, charging 2.8% higher, also to a record high. In Tokyo, the Nikkei added 1.73%, hitting its highest level since August 1990.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 1.2% despite reports the Trump administration was considering banning U.S. entities from investing in an expanded list of Chinese companies in the waning days of the presidency, and despite the delisting of major Chinese telecoms firms from FTSE Russell and MSCI indexes.
Mainland Chinese stocks were down by the early morning. The Shanghai Composite was down by 0.63 % to 3,554.49. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index was up about 0.89% to 27,793.67.
Japan’s benchmark Nikkei average. Nikkei 225 is trading up 1.99 percent at 28037. on Friday, while the broader TOPIX 100 rose 1.16 percent to 1,847.15. South Korea’s Kospi was up by 3.20% to 3127.59.