Tokyo, Japan (BBN)-Shares in Asia were rising in early trade on Thursday, despite US shares closing lower after disappointing retail sales data.
Japan’s benchmark Nikkei index was up 0.89 per cent at 18,049.58 in mid-morning trade after initially opening lower, reports BBC.
Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 was up 0.31 per cent at 5,213.40, even after disappointing unemployment numbers which showed 5,100 jobs were lost in September.
Economists had predicted a gain of 9,600 jobs.
However, Australia’s unemployment rate held steady at 6.2 per cent.
In China, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was up 0.69 per cent at 22,607.08.
The only benchmark index to fall was the Shanghai Composite, which was down 0.2 per cent at 3,255.48.
After closing lower on Wednesday, South Korea’s benchmark Kospi index was higher, up 0.9 per cent at 2,027.6.