Asian shares rose to their highest levels in nearly a decade on Thursday, bolstered by a surge in global markets, while the yen eased after the Bank of Japan reinforced expectations that it will keep massive stimulus in a place far longer than other major central banks.
European markets were also set for a positive start, with financial spread-betters CMC Markets expecting Britain’s FTSE 100 and France’s CAC 40 to open up 0.1 percent and Germany’s DAX to start the day 0.2 percent higher.
Chinese blue chips advanced 0.1 percent, while the Shanghai Composite edged up 0.2 percent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng crept up 0.2 percent.
The MSCI World index inched up in its 10th straight session of gains and set a record high for the sixth consecutive day, lifted by all-time closing highs on Wall Street in the wake of strong earnings reports.
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