The Nikkei 225 Future is trading at 22,710.00 with a loss of –0.44%percent or –100.00 point .The NSE Nifty Future is trading at 10,765.20 up with +0.74% percent or +78.95 point. The Hang Seng Future is trading at 31,379.00 with a loss of -0.49% percent or -156.00 point.
TODAY’S FACTORS AND EVENTS
Asian markets climbed in early Thursday trading, following a surge on Wall Street that saw the Dow again top the 25,000 mark.
Japanese automakers were among the biggest gainers as the Nikkei NIK, +0.87% climbed 0.9% and the dollar-yen USDJPY, -0.51% hit fresh session highs of ¥110.21 soon after the opening bell. Toyota 7203, +0.71% closed up 0.7%, Nissan 7201, +1.05% gained 1.1% and Honda 7267, +0.74% added 0.7%.
Chinese stocks joined the rest of the region in starting higher, though gains were slight and eventually faded. The Shanghai Composite SHCOMP, -0.18% closed down 0.1%. It had risen three straight days coming into Thursday’s trading, climbing a combined 1.3%.
PREVIOUS DAY ACTIVITY
For the day the Dow is trading at 25,268.72 up with +0.49% percent or +122.33 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 2,774.05 up with +0.061% percent or +1.70 point. The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 7,631.58 with a loss of –0.75% percent or –57.67 point.
Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,666.27 with a loss of –0.58% percent or –9.68point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 1,034.18 with a loss of –0.48% percent or –4.95 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,986.34 with a loss of –0.16% percent or –3.22 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,217.53 with a loss of –0.14% percent or –1.65 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,646.94 with a loss of –0.26% percent or –4.32 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,536.39 with a loss of –0.24% percent or -3.69 point;