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Most Asian stocks gained, led by gold producers and Chinese banks. Trading volume was low across the region ahead of the Christmas holiday amid speculation U.S. lawmakers will miss a deadline on budget talks.
Nikkei 225 Closed
S&P/ASX 200 4,635.19 +11.61 +0.25%
Shanghai Composite 2,159.05 +5.74 +0.27%
Alacer Gold Corp. led producers of the precious metal higher.
China Construction Bank Corp., the nation’s second- largest lender, advanced 1.1 percent.
Korea Gas Corp. slid 5.3 percent in Seoul after the world’s largest buyer of liquefied natural gas delayed the sale of asset-back securities.
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