Asian Stocks Up Following U.S. $579 Infrastructure Deal

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Asia Pacific stocks were up Friday morning after a U.S. $579 billion infrastructure deal boosted investor sentiment and sent U.S. shares to record levels.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 was up 0.68% by 10:19 PM ET (2:19 AM GMT). The Tokyo Core Consumer Price Index was at 0% in June year-on-year, but above the 0.1% contraction in forecasts prepared by and the 0.2% contraction in the same month in 2020.

South Korea’s KOSPI jumped 0.76%. In Australia, the ASX 200 rose 0.38%.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index increased 0.57%. China’s Shanghai Composite was up 0.21% while the Shenzhen Component rose 0.56%.

The benchmark S&P 500 reached new peaks, while the dollar held a retreat, and benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury yields were little changed at 1.49%.

U.S. President Joe Biden struck a bipartisan $579 billion infrastructure deal on Thursday, which aims to create millions of jobs. The move is expected to move through Congress alongside a separate bill that would spend trillions more on what Biden called “human infrastructure” that is opposed by the Republican party.

An MSCI Inc. gauge of global stocks is expected to record its best week since April, thanks to the continuous economic recovery from COVID-19. Investors remain optimistic despite risks such as higher inflation, the prospect of tightening monetary policy, and the spread of more infectious COVID-19 variants.

On the data side, 411,000 filed for initial jobless claims in the U.S. during the previous week, above the 380,000 figure in forecasts prepared by but slightly below the 418,000 during the previous week.

Investors now await data on personal spending and the University of Michigan consumer sentiment, due later in the day.

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