Asian shares higher on a strong US close
Markets in Asia traded higher on Friday after a strong trading session on Wall Street amid caution following an attack in Paris in which one policeman was killed. Investors eyes were focused on French presidential election that is set to occur on Sunday.
Japanese Nikkei gained 0.76% at 6:35 am CET. Western Digital is considering a joint bid with Japanese government-backed organizations for Toshiba's chip business, according to reports. The dollar weakened 0.08% against the yen, to go for 109.23 at 6:56 am CET.
China’s Shanghai Composite rose 0.07% at 6:56 am CET, while the Shenzhen Composite increased by the same 0.07% at the same time. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng edged 0.08% up at 6:57 am CET.
South Korea’s Kospi Composite jumped 0.83% at 6:38 am CET. Shares of Samsung Electronics traded up before the release of its new flagship smartphone.
Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 traded 0.59% in the green at 6:58 am CET.