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Asian shares up on Wall St rally, China hopes

This article was posted on Mar 31, 2015 and is filed under Market News

MSCI’s index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan up 0.7%

Asian stocks rose across the board on Tuesday after a rally on Wall Street and steps by China to shore up its economy boosted risk appetite, while Greek debt worries again haunted the sagging euro.

Tracking overnight gains in US stocks, MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.7%.

Japan’s Nikkei added 0.3% and Australian shares rose 1.2%. Bourses in South Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia posted sizeable gains as well.

The Shanghai Composite Index followed up Monday’s rally, rising to a fresh seven-year high on hopes for more infrastructure spending and monetary easing.

The Dow and S&P 500 both climbed more than 1% Monday with sentiment buoyed by robust Chinese equities.

After unveiling details over the weekend for a modern “Silk Road” that could pump tens of billions of dollars into investment, China late on Monday announced steps to ease housing taxes and lending rules to prop up sliding house prices that have threatened economic growth.

“Tax cuts, reductions to down payments on second homes, along with further moves to (reserve) requirement ratios have all been introduced to assist China’s slowing housing sector and will be a medium-term positive in the global growth story,” Evan Lucas, market strategist at IG in Melbourne, said in a note to clients.

China’s central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan’s recent warning that China needs to be vigilant for signs of deflation have also helped fuel hopes for more easing.

“We believe policymakers are increasingly concerned about

weakening growth and inflation, and will deploy more monetary and fiscal easing measures in the coming weeks,” economists at HSBC said.

In currencies, the euro was down 0.1% at $1.0825 , adding to an overnight loss of 0.5%.

The common currency fell against the dollar on worries whether Greece can secure aid before it runs out of cash in three weeks. Germany, Greece’s biggest creditor, demanded that it show more commitment to reform while Athens said it cannot make an “unconditional” agreement with lenders.

The dollar was little changed at 120.16 yen after surging from an overnight low of 119.105.

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