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 […]