Asian stocks rose for a fifth day, following gains in U.S. equities, amid speculation that global central bank policy will remain accommodative to counteract weak economic growth.
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index climbed 0.8 percent to 128.88 as of 9 a.m. in Tokyo, extending its five-day gain to 6.4 percent. Futures traders see only a 10 percent chance the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates at its Oct. 27-28 meeting following weaker-than-expected employment growth, while 17 of 36 economists surveyed by Bloomberg expect additional easing from the Bank of Japan by the end of the month.
Japan’s Topix index rose 1.4 percent after the yen weakened 0.5 percent on Monday. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to push through structural changes to recharge Japan’s economy got a boost as negotiators reached a deal on a Pacific trade pact that would create the world’s biggest regional trade zone. The Trans-Pacific Partnership still needs to be ratified by lawmakers in the 12 member nations.
Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index gained 1.2 percent and New Zealand’s NZX 50 Index climbed 0.8 percent. South Korea’s Kospi index rose 1 percent. Mainland Chinese markets remain closed for a holiday, while Hong Kong is yet to open. Futures on the Hang Seng Index gained 1.2 percent.
Source : Bloomberg