A woman stands in front of an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo. Associated Press
World shares inched higher led by Europe on Monday, after last week’s rout in US technology stocks that saw $2.3 trillion in value wiped off in two days with investors taking note of lofty valuations when the global economy is still in a recession.
Robust earnings from Google-owner Alphabet and Twitter took the S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes close to record levels on Friday, with data showing the domestic economy slowed lesser than expected in the second quarter providing support.
The Bank of Japan (BOJ) told investors for the first time on Thursday it would keep interest rates at super-low levels for at least one more year, seeking to dispel uncertainty over its commitment to ultra-loose policies as the economy comes under fresh pressure.
Tokyo and Shanghai stocks closed higher on Friday but trade lacked direction with several major markets closed for Easter holidays. In Japan, the benchmark Nikkei 225 index added 0.50 per cent, or 110.44 points, to 22,200.56, while the broader Topix index climbed 0.12 per cent, or 1.96 points, to 1,616.93.
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Shares in Taiwan, India and Thailand were higher, as upbeat Chinese exports data also underpinned risk appetite.
Benchmark Brent climbed as high as $71.38 a barrel while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down 22 cents or 0.3% at $65.87 after touching $67.98 a barrel.