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Asia stocks broadly higher; Nikkei jumps 1.2%

Stock MarketsAug 30, 2011 02:49AM ET
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During late Asian trade, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index jumped 1.1%, Australia’s ASX/200 Index rose 0.4%, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 Index climbed 1.2%.

Official data released Monday showed that consumer spending in the U.S. rose at its fastest pace in five months in July, climbing by 0.8%, above expectations for a 0.5% gain.

Shares in Japanese exporters with high exposure to the U.S. performed strongly, boosted by an upbeat outlook for export earnings. Semiconductor manufacturer Elpida Memory saw shares climb 1.8%, while automakers Honda and Nissan saw shares gain 1% and 0.75% respectively.

Consumer electronics giant Sony saw shares jump 3.55%, after the Yomiuri newspaper reported it will form a venture to produce liquid-crystal displays with Toshiba and Hitachi. Toshiba shares rose 2.05%, while Hitachi gained 1.2%.

Japanese lenders were also higher, tracking strong gains in their global counterparts after Greece’s second and third largest lenders merged to create Greece’s biggest bank on Monday. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group advanced 1.8%, while Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group climbed 2.2%.

Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, shares in oil producers led gains after crude oil prices rose to an eight-day high of USD87.70 on the New York Mercantile Exchange, boosting earnings prospects for energy explorers.

Oil and gas giant PetroChina saw shares jump 3.7%, offshore oil producer CNOOC saw shares gain 3.5%, while Sinopec shares added 0.85%.

China’s largest copper producer Jiangxi Copper saw shares rally 3.1% after reporting first-half net income almost doubled to a record on higher prices and output.  

Elsewhere, the outlook for European stock markets was upbeat. The EURO STOXX 50 futures pointed to a gain of 0.35%, France’s CAC 40 futures rose 0.5%, the FTSE 100 futures jumped 2.1%, while Germany's DAX futures indicated a gain of 0.4%.

Later in the day, the U.S. was to release data on consumer confidence as well as an industry report on house price inflation. In addition, the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee was to publish the minutes of its August meeting.

Asia stocks broadly higher; Nikkei jumps 1.2%

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