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Asia shares rise on supportive Fed as Biden unveils new stimulus

Reuters HONG KONG | Updated on April 29, 2021

Oil prices extended the gains

Asian shares rose in on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve said it was too early to consider rolling back emergency support for the economy, and as US President Joe Biden unveiled plans for a$1.8 trillion stimulus package.

Fed Chair Jerome Powell said on Wednesday that "it is not time yet" to begin discussing any change in policy after the US central bank left interest rates and its bond-buying programme unchanged, despite taking a more optimistic view of the country's economic recovery.

Powell's comments came before Biden's unveiling of a sweeping package for families and education in his first speech to Congress.

Excerpts of Biden's speech released in advance by the White House "hit the high points - big infra(structure) spend, talking climate action and vaccines," said John Milroy, investment adviser at Ord Minnett. "The Fed remains dovish, all very supportive."

Early in the Asian trading day, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.1 per cent.

Australia's S&P/ASX 200 edged up 0.31 per cent, as strong oil prices lifted energy stocks.

China's blue-chip CSI300 index was 0.65 per cent higher in early trade. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index opened up 0.7 per cent,Seoul's KOSPI added 0.37 per cent and Taiwan shares rose0.48 per cent.

Markets in Japan were closed for a holiday but Nikkei futures edged 0.05 per cent higher to 28,970.

Tech shares got a boost after Apple Inc on Wednesday posted sales and profits ahead of Wall Street expectations, though it warned a global chip shortage could denti Pad and Mac sales by several billion dollars.

Nasdaq futures were 0.79 per cent higher and S&P e-mini futures added 0.48 per cent after Wall Street ended lower on Wednesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.48 per cent to end at 33,820.38 points, while the S&P 500 lost 0.08 per cent to4,183.18.

Currency and commodities

The dollar dropped 0.15 per cent against the yen to 108.43and the euro gained 0.2 per cent to 1.2147 following the Fed's decision to maintain supportive policies.

Oil prices extended gains on Thursday after rising 1 per cent in the previous session as bullish forecasts for a demand recovery this summer offset concerns of rising COVID-19 cases in India, Japan and Brazil.

Brent crude for June rose 0.37 per cent, to $67.52 a barrel while US West Texas Intermediate crude for June was at$64.12 a barrel, up 0.41 per cent.

Spot gold added 0.42 per cent to $1,788.72 an ounce.

Published on April 29, 2021

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