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Asia-Pacific markets trade broadly higher, oil prices climb

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A pedestrian looks at an electronic quotation board showing numbers of the Nikkei 225 index in Tokyo on September 11, 2020.

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SINGAPORE – Stock markets in Asia-Pacific were broadly higher on Monday following “a big miss” in the April US jobs report, while oil futures advanced.

In Japan, both the Nikkei 225 and Topix rose around 1%. South Korea’s Kospi similarly inched up roughly 1%.

Greater China markets were mixed. The Shanghai composite was marginally down by 0.1%, while stocks in Shenzen jumped 0.4%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index rose 0.6%.

Over in Australia, retail sales for March increased 1.3% from the prior month – slightly missing the 1.4% forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll. But business confidence in the country surged to a record high in April, according to a survey by the National Australia Bank.

The ASX 200 jumped 1% on Monday.

Last week, the widely watched US jobs report for April came in weaker than expected. The report showed US employers added 266,000 net payrolls last month and the unemployment rate rose to 6.1%.

But Wall Street had only a mild reaction to the bad news. Overall, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied 2.7% last week, while the S&P 500 gained 1.2%. Despite a 0.9% rally in the week’s final session, the Nasdaq Composite shed 1.5% over the same period.

“A big miss for non-farm payrolls was another case of ‘bad news is good news’ for US equities on Friday. The 266k addition would in normal times be extremely impressive but it shocked the market that was expecting nearly four times that number, “Analysts from Australian bank ANZ wrote in a morning note.

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