Asian Stocks Mostly Rise on U.S., Mexico, Preliminary Trade Deal

TOKYO (AP) -
A man walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday after the White House said it reached a preliminary agreement with Mexico on replacing a North American free-trade deal.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 finished at 22,813.47, up 0.1 percent. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.6 percent to 6,304.70. South Korea’s Kospi edged up 0.1 percent to 2,302.42. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was virtually unchanged, inching down less than 0.1 percent to 28,257.12, while the Shanghai Composite index fell 0.3 percent to 2,772.66, adjusting from gains the previous day.

Asian economies generally benefit from trade deals that will encourage exports to the U.S. The Nasdaq composite index topped 8,000 for the first time after the NAFTA news, although the trade deal isn’t final. The U.S. still needs to reach an understanding with Canada, the third party in the accord.

The S&P 500 index climbed 22.05 points, or 0.8 percent, on Monday to 2,896.74. The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 259.29 points, or 1 percent, to 26,049.64. The Nasdaq composite gained 71.92 points, or 0.9 percent, to 8,017.90. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 2.73 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,728.41.

“Risk sentiment continues to improve with U.S. markets bolstered by the progress in the latest NAFTA progress, set to inspire Asian market higher into the session,” said Jingyi Pan, market strategist at IG in Singapore.

Benchmark U.S. crude lost 11 cents to $68.76 a barrel. It edged up 0.2 percent to $68.87 a barrel in the New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, fell 9 cents to $76.12 a barrel.

The dollar rose to 111.21 yen from 111.19 late Monday. The euro rose to $1.1677 from $1.1611.