Asian shares mostly higher after US stocks surge on earnings

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Friday, cheered by a jump on Wall Street as strong earnings reports from market bellwethers like Microsoft and Comcast gave a confidence boost to investors shaken by the recent wave of selling. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.5 percent to 21,383.73 in early trading. Australia’s […]

US seeks to assuage Asian allies after North Korea summit

By JOSH LEDERMAN and CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — The United States and its Asian allies worked Thursday to paper over any semblance of disagreement over President Donald Trump’s concession to Kim Jong Un that the U.S. will halt military exercises with South Korea, with Trump’s top diplomat insisting the president hadn’t backed down […]

Asian markets higher on economic optimism

By YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian markets were higher on Thursday in a quiet post-Christmas holiday trading as strong economic data from the region and in the U.S. boosted confidence. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 0.2 percent to 22,945.67 and South Korea’s Kospi gained 0.6 percent to 2,450.22. Hong […]

Asians talk about expectations for Trump’s visit

Washington, D.C., November 4 – President Donald Trump embarks on his first official visit to Asia, which begins Sunday in Japan. North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programs are likely to be the issue dominating the first part of his trip, which includes stops in South Korea’s capital and Beijing as well as Tokyo. Trade […]