Most Asian stocks rose after U.S. equities gained amid low volume as Internet and small-cap shares extended a rebound. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index was little changed at 139.39 as of 9:02 a.m. in Tokyo after falling 0.8 percent over the past two days. Three stocks rose for each that fell. Markets in Hong Kong and China are yet to open. Futures on the Standard & Poor��s 500 Index lost 0.1 percent today after the measure added 0.4 percent yesterday. About 4.9 billion shares changed hands on U.S. exchanges, the second-lowest level of the year. Japan��s Topix index rose 0.5 percent as the yen was little changed at 101.47 per dollar after yesterday touching the strongest level since February. South Korea��s Kospi index lost 0.2 percent. Australia��s S&P/ASX 200 Index added 0.1 and New Zealand��s NZX 50 Index slipped 0.1 percent.Thailand��s baht weakened on a report the army declared martial law. The declaration by Thailand��s army came before dawn local time, Associated Press reported, citing a statement from the military.Futures on Hong Kong��s Hang Seng Index rose 0.2 percent in their most recent trading session, and contracts on the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index advanced 0.1 percent. The Bloomberg China-US Index of the most-traded Chinese stocks in the U.S. climbed 0.2 percent yesterday.
Source : Bloomberg