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Asian stock markets were mostly higher Tuesday after Wall Street rose on a flurry of corporate deals and China's economic activity improved. Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul gained, while Tokyo retreated.
Wall Street's S&P 500 index closed 1.3% higher, driven by gains for technology, health care and finance stocks after chipmaker Nvidia and other companies announced acquisitions and drugmaker AstraZeneca said clinical trials of its coronavirus vaccine will resume.
"Wall St. appears to have recovered some of its mojo,” Mizuho Bank said in a report. "The question to ask, though, is whether we are dealing with optimism or there is just optimism about deals."
The Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.3% to 3,289.38 after the government reported retail sales rose 0.5% in August over a year earlier for their first positive growth this year. The Chinese statistics agency said that was a sign of "stable and continuous” recovery from the economy's downturn.
The Nikkei 225 in Tokyo lost 0.4% to 23,464.99 while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong added 0.5% to 24,750.45. The S&P-ASX 200 in Sydney was down less than 0.1% at 5,894.50.
India's Sensex opened up 0.1% at 38,800.66. New Zealand, Singapore and Bangkok gained while Jakarta retreated.
On Wall Street, tech stocks gained after Nvidia agreed to buy Softbank's stake in chipmaker Arm for $40 billion.
Oracle climbed 4.3% after the software maker beat out Microsoft to become the "trusted technology provider” of Chinese-owned video app TikTok. The agreement still requires approval from the Trump administration, which deemed TikTok a security risk and demanded its sale to a US owner.
The S&P 500 gained to 3,383.54. That reversed part of the index’s 2.5% slide last week, its biggest weekly decline since June.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.2% to 27,993.33. The Nasdaq, which includes many tech stocks, picked up 1.9% to 11,056.65.
This week's strong start is a reversal after a slide in high-flying tech stocks that many analysts said was overdue.
AstraZeneca added 0.5% following the weekend announcement that clinical trials for its coronavirus vaccine will resume after a reported side-effect in a British patient. The vaccine is seen as one of the strongest contenders among the dozens of vaccines being tested.
Most Asian markets fell Monday following another disappointing performance on Wall Street with investors growing concerned about an uptick in coronavirus infections in Europe and the United States, as well as the lack of movement in Washington on a new stimulus.
The MSCI index is also set for its biggest weekly drop since March, down more than 4% so far this week. Chinese blue-chips dropped 1.6%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 1.7%, Seoul's KOSPI sank 2.59% and Australian shares fell 0.81%.
Japan's Nikkei declined 1.11%.
Asian markets mostly fell Monday with sentiment depressed by a spike in coronavirus infections that has forced fresh lockdowns and sparked worries about the impact on the world economy.
Tokyo is leading the Asian market with gains jumping 1.7 per cent while Sydney piled on 0.9 per cent. Euro Stoxx 50 futures fell 0.9% at 06:56 GMT, while German DAX futures shed 0.7% and UK's FTSE futures lost 0.5%.
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