Green dominated stocks in Asia – Pacific in the first trading session of February 15 when many markets in North Asia still closed for Tet holiday.
|Nikkei 225 index reached 30,084.15 points on the trading day of February 15. Documentary photo: AFP|
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index today February 15 surpassed 30,000 for the first time in more than 30 years, according to data from Refinitiv. Specifically, the Nikkei 225 increased by 1.91% to 30,084.15 points, while the Topix index closed up 1.04% to 1,953.94 points.
The sharp rise in the Japanese stock market was recorded after the Japanese government released preliminary figures that the country’s economy in the fourth quarter of 2020 grew 12.7% year-on-year. This result outstripped the 9.5% increase forecasted by economists with Reuters.
South Korea’s Kospi increased 1.5% today and closed the day with 3,147 points. Green also covered the Australian stock market when the S & P / ASX 200 index rose 0.91% and closed at 6,868.90 points. Overall, the MSCI Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) rose 0.57% today.
Stock markets in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan are still closed for the Lunar New Year holiday today.
Oil prices on the Asian market this afternoon inched relatively sharply. Futures prices for Brent crude rose 1.52% to $ 63.38 / barrel, while the US crude futures prices rose 2% to $ 60.66 / barrel.
On the money market, the US dollar index against other major currencies plunged to 90,344, compared with 91.2 set at the beginning of the month. Japanese Yen today depreciated and converted 105.09 JPY / USD, from less than 104.8 JPY “eat” 1 USD recorded in the previous week. Meanwhile, the Australian dollar inched and traded 1 AUD for 0.778 USD, compared with 1 AUD / 0.772 USD in the previous week.