The Nikkei 225 Future is trading at 22,490.00 with a loss of -0.04% percent or -10.00 point .The NSE Nifty Future is trading at 10,725.20 with a loss of -0.41 percent or -44.15 point. The Hang Seng Future istrading at 30,636.00 with a loss of -0.14% percent or -43.00 point.
TODAY’S FACTORS AND EVENTS
Equity markets across Asia-Pacific extended their gains Thursday, buoyed by gains in the U.S. and the rise in oil prices.
Brent crude oil LCON8, +0.19% was up last up 0.7% at $77.73 a barrel after rising to 3½-year highs on Wednesday. Some investors expect renewed sanctions on Iran to reduce the oil supply.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng HSI, +0.89% rose 0.9%, helped by gains in China’s major oil companies, which are listed in the city. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 XJO, +0.18% neared a 10-year intraday high, while Japan’s Nikkei Stock Average NIK, +0.39% rose 0.4%.
PREVIOUS DAY ACTIVITY
For the day the Dow is trading at 24,542.54 up with +0.75% percent or +182.33 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 2,697.79 up with +0.97% percent or +25.87 point. The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 7,339.91 up with +1.00% percent or +73.00 point.
Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,596.05 up with +0.61% percent or +9.66 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 980.13 up with +0.55% percent or +5.36 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,923.89 up with +0.52% percent or +9.98 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,185.69 up with +1.02% percent or +11.92 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,602.58 up with +0.91% percent or +14.52 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,497.08 up with +0.94% percent or +13.95 point;