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Asian stocks rose, with a regional benchmark index (CRY) set to extend its longest streak of weekly advances since 2010, after U.S. unemployment unexpectedly fell, boosting the earnings outlook for Asian exporters.
Nikkei 225 8,929.2 +97.27 +1.10%
Hang Seng 20,709.94 -47.04 -0.23%
S&P/ASX 200 4,295.99 +44.81 +1.05%
Shanghai Composite 2,331.14 +0.73 +0.03%
Nikon Corp., a maker of cameras and lenses that gets more than a quarter of its revenue from North America, jumped 11 percent in Tokyo after raising its full-year operating profit forecast.
BHP Billiton Ltd., the world’s No. 1 mining company, gained 1.6 percent in Sydney after commodity prices increased. Agricultural Bank of China Ltd., the nation’s third-biggest lender by market value, dropped 1.8 percent amid concern that a worsening of Europe's crisis will hurt China’s economic growth.
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