SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific rose in Friday trade, with technology stocks in the region jumping following big gains for their counterparts on Wall Street. The Nasdaq Composite surged 3%.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was 2.02% higher by the afternoon, leading gains among the region’s major markets.
Investors watched moves in Asia-Pacific technology stocks after their counterparts on Wall Street rallied overnight. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite jumped 3.06% to 12,871.53.
Shares of South Korean industry heavyweight Samsung Electronics gained 3.4% while chipmaker SK Hynix climbed more than 1%. Krafton jumped 3.33%.
Markets in Japan are closed on Friday for a holiday. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan climbed 1.37%.
“I think it’s overall quite a constructive … sea of positive green performance today on the back of reasonably pretty strong set of corporate earnings season coming out from the U.S. market,” Audrey Goh, senior investment strategist at Standard Chartered, told CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia” on Friday.
Looking ahead, Goh pointed to an upcoming meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee stateside where investors will watch for clues on the interest rate outlook.
“Overall, going into the weekend we’re probably a tad more cautious in terms of how the Fed may signal some of its rate hike trajectory going forward,” she said.
The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 103.515 — largely holding on to gains after crossing the 102 level earlier in the week.
The Japanese yen traded at 130.65 per dollar, continuing to remain weak after crossing the 130 level against the greenback yesterday. The Australian dollar was at $0.7124, still off levels above $0.72 seen earlier this week.