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Asian shares near nine-month highs, helped by U.S. optimism on China trade talks

April 15, 2019 / Swati Pandey

The consequent improvement in risk appetite resulted in the dollar easing against other major currencies. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan climbed 0.6 percent to its highest since late July. Chinese shares led the growth with the blue-chip CSI300 index rising 2.2 percent.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 1.2 percent while South Korea’s KOSPI rose 0.7 percent. Japan’s Nikkei also joined the party, gaining 1.4 percent to the highest since early December. “Stocks bulls certainly have the wind at their backs with improving growth but steady inflation, reduced trade tensions and a solid/better-than-feared Q1 earnings season,” JPMorgan analysts said in a note.The rally follows on from strong finish on Wall Street on Friday as investors cheered Chinese data showing exports rebounded in March to a five-month high while new bank loans jumped by far more than expected.