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Asian markets climb after bumper USA session

Asian markets climb after bumper USA session

The benchmark Nikkei average powered higher to close above 20,000 on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Thursday, thanks to a strong overnight rally in US equities.

Sony was down 5.18 percent at 5,021 yen and Panasonic was down 5.17 percent at 923.8 yen at the break.

As the market opened, the Nikkei index quickly fell below the psychologically important 20,000 line - the first drop below the line in 15 months - tracking a almost 3-percent tumble overnight in the Dow Jones Industrial Average to its lowest level in 15 months.

Asian investors also failed to follow Mr Trump's advice when he teweeted: "We have companies, the greatest in the world, and they're doing really well".

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Analysts had warned that the Japanese market would be volatile after steep falls on Wall Street on Monday, and with a higher yen against the dollar weighing on sentiment.

Fears about slowing economic growth have been exacerbated by a series of unsettling moves from Washington in recent days. "He should get a clue, reverse these insane tariffs, and start making peace with the world", if he wants to see the markets recover, Jeffrey Albert Tucker, executive editor of Laissez Faire Books, told RT. So I think it's a tremendous opportunity to buy. "Some investors are reducing their exposure to equities in their portfolio" by increasing cash or bonds.

Japan's benchmark 10-year bond yield slipped to zero percent for the first time since September 2017, while the yen advanced for an eighth day as investors sought haven.

The yen's retreat against the dollar compared with levels earlier this week also buoyed Japanese export-related issues amid expectations for a rise in their overseas earnings, the brokers added.

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"Investors welcomed an over 1,000 point gain in the Dow Jones index and corrected their positions after the Nikkei's plunge Tuesday", said Mitsuo Shimizu, an equity strategist at Aizawa Securities Co. They're raising interest rates too fast because they think the economy is so good.

Markets have been roiled by ongoing uncertainty in the United States, with Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin berated for holding a call with the six biggest United States banks and then reporting on Twitter that the six CEOs have "ample liquidity" available.

Mnuchin was widely panned by market watchers over a phone call with the 6 biggest USA banks, reporting on Twitter that the 6 CEOs have "ample liquidity" available. The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange 35 index gained 2.1 percent, reversing a drop of as much as 2.8 percent and snapping a streak of three straight declines.

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