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Asian stocks headed for the first advance in five days after a drop in U.S. new home sales fueled speculation the Federal Reserve may take new steps to spur growth, boosting demand for growth-sensitive shares.
Nikkei 225 8,443.1 +77.20 +0.92%
S&P/ASX 200 4,147.7 +23.75 +0.58%
Shanghai Composite 2,126 -10.15 -0.47%
Nomura Holdings Inc., Japan’s biggest brokerage by market value, advanced 5.7 percent, leading gains among financial firms, on a plan to name a new chief executive officer amid an insider-trading scandal.
Qantas Airways Ltd. rose 9.6 percent in Sydney on a report the carrier was close to forming a long-haul alliance.
Olympus Corp. jumped 9.6 percent after Terumo Corp., a Japanese medical device maker, proposed to invest 50 billion yen ($639 million) in the camera maker and merge with it.
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