BEIJING – Stocks rose Tuesday in Asia after closing at record highs on Wall Street.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 index breached a nearly 30-year high after President Donald Trump signed a $900 billion economic aid package on Monday, helping to staunch uncertainty as governments reimpose pandemic-fighting travel and business curbs that threaten to weigh on global economic activity.
In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 jumped 1.6% to 27,292.37, the first time it has traded above 27,000 since April 1991. The market hit its all-time peak close of 38,915.87 on Dec. 29, 1989.
The benchmark was buoyed by strong gains in heavyweights like Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which surged 6%, apparel maker Fast Retailing , up 2.9% and technology and energy company SoftBank, which gained 3.4%.
Other Asian shares were also mostly higher.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 1% to 26,586.76 and in South Korea, the Kospi was little changed at 2,811.20. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 climbed 0.5% to 6,696.30 and the Shanghai Composite index was flat, at 3,395.89.
Trading is thinning as tumultuous 2020 draws to a close. But after nosediving in March as the pandemic took hold, share prices have more than recovered, helped by massive infusions of central bank cash and ultra-low interest rates, which make shares potentially more lucrative than other investments.
Investors have gained confidence with the rollouts of coronavirus vaccinations they hope will pave the way for a return to normal activity in coming months.