Asian Shares Rise

Tuesday 1444/3/8 - 2022/10/04
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Tokyo, October 04, 2022, SPA -- Asian shares rose Tuesday, encouraged by a rally in U.S. shares after some weak economic data raised hopes that the Federal Reserve might ease away from aggressive interest rate hikes, the Associated Press reported.
Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 added 2.8% in afternoon trading to 26,959.25. South Korea's Kospi gained 2.5% to 2,209.98.
Australia's S&P/ASX 200 jumped 3.8% to 6,699.30 after its central bank boosted its benchmark interest rate for a sixth consecutive month to a nine-year high of 2.6%.
Markets in Hong Kong and Shanghai were closed for holidays.
In energy trading, benchmark U.S. crude added 23 cents to $83.86 a barrel. It jumped Monday amid speculation big oil-producing countries could soon announce cuts to production. Shares of energy-producing companies made big gains. Exxon Mobil leaped 5.3%, and Chevron climbed 5.6%. Brent crude, the international standard, added 42 cents to $89.28 a barrel.
In currency trading, the U.S. dollar inched up to 144.84 Japanese yen from 144.81 yen. The euro cost 98.28 cents, inching down from 98.40 cents.
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10:20 LOCAL TIME 07:20 GMT
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