1/21, 7:28 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Asia mostly higher after BoJ interest rates decision

Major stock markets in the Asia-Pacific region traded mostly higher on Thursday following the Bank of Japan's (BoJ) decision to keep interest rates unchanged in January. Japan also saw an expansion to its trade surplus in December of ¥751 billion, or $7.26 billion. Meanwhile, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States and promised he would "repair alliances" with other countries. As a result, stock markets in Wall Street closed with record highs.

The Nikkei 225 closed 0.82% higher, while the dollar lost 0.12% to sell for ¥103.3890 at 7:23 am CET. South Korea's Kospi surged by 1.54% at 7:24 am CET, while Australia's S&P/ASX ended its trading session rising by 0.79%.

In mainland China, the Shanghai Composite jumped by 1.19% at 7:11 am CET, while a minute later, the Shenzhen Composite advanced by 1.77%. Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Hang Seng went down by 0.28% at 7:28 am CET.

Breaking the News / JR