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 […]

Stocks gain as investors assess economic data, earnings

HONG KONG (AP) — World stock markets advanced Tuesday as investors studied a fresh round of corporate earnings reports and data releases for signs the global economy is on the right track. KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.6 percent to 7,413 and France’s CAC 40 added 0.5 percent to 5,118. Germany’s DAX also rose […]

Global stocks eke out modest gains at start of busy week 

  LONDON (AP) — European stock markets eked out some modest gains Monday after a strong U.S. jobs report helped Wall Street end last week on a high note. However a welter of potential “event risks” this week kept sentiment in check. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany’s DAX rose 0.2 percent to 11,985 while the […]