Asian stocks followed U.S. shares higher, after the regional benchmark index posted its worst quarter since 2011, as investors awaited Chinese factory data.
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index advanced 0.2 percent to 124.09 as of 9:01 a.m. in Tokyo. The gauge slumped 15 percent in the three months ended September. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose 1.9 percent in New York Wednesday, its best rally in three weeks, paring its quarterly drop to 6.9 percent.
With almost $11 trillion erased from global shares in the past three months, investors turn to Thursday’s Chinese manufacturing reports for clues on the extent of the slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy. Riskier markets have been sold amid decelerating growth in China, a prolonged commodity slump and an exodus from developing-nation assets as the U.S. prepares to raise interest rates as soon as this year. With a week-long holiday in China from Thursday, money managers will then assess Friday’s U.S. payrolls report for indications on whether the job market is strong enough to withstand tightening.