Asia shares set for early gains as focus swings to recovery
By Chris Prentice WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Asian shares were poised to open higher on Thursday after global equities and crude prices rallied overnight on hopes of a rapid economic recovery and government support.
By Chris Prentice
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Asian shares were poised to open higher on Thursday after global equities and crude prices rallied overnight on hopes of a rapid economic recovery and government support.
Hong Kong futures
Global equities have received a boost this week as governments around the world gradually loosened their coronavirus lockdown restrictions, raising investor hopes the economic impact of the pandemic would be short-lived.
MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe <.MIWD00000PUS> broke out of a three-week trading range overnight, and oil prices
On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> rose 1.52%, the S&P 500 <.SPX> gained 1.67%, and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> added 2.08%.
"A solid night for risk, with equities working, crude and copper pushing higher and again that should spill over into Asia trade," Chris Weston, head of research at Melbourne-based brokerage Pepperstone, said in a note.
Copper prices hit a two-month high ahead of a Chinese government meeting this week that is expected to boost demand with pledges of higher spending on infrastructure.
Minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve's April meeting released on Wednesday showed policymakers affirmed a pledge to keep interest rates near zero until they are confident the economy is on track to recovery.
The World Health Organization expressed concern on Wednesday about the rising number of new coronavirus cases in poor countries, even as many rich nations have begun emerging from lockdown.
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(Reporting by Chris Prentice in Washington; Editing by Sam Holmes)
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