Fed restraint, trade hopes bolster Asian markets

By Marketwatch, Associated Press

Asian markets saw a largely positive session Friday as investors cheered a more restrained Federal Reserve and U.S.-China trade talks.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 index JP:NIK  closed up 0.9% and South Korea’s Kospi KR:SEU   gained 0.6%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng HK:HSI   rose 0.6%, while the Shanghai Composite index CN:SHCOMP   added 0.7%. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 AU:XJO   slipped 0.3%. Shares rose Taiwan XX:Y9999  , Singapore SG:STI   and Malaysia MY:FBMKLCI .

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