Asian shares rise on back of strong Wall Street performance last week

Beijing: Most Asian markets rose Monday following a strong week on Wall Street as Chinese trading resumed after a holiday.

KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index gained 1.2 percent to 3,387.72 points and Sydney’s S&P ASX 200 rose 0.8 percent to 5,754.10. Markets in Japan and South Korea were closed for holidays. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 0.4 percent to 28,340.78 and Singapore also declined. Benchmarks in New Zealand, the Philippines and Indonesia advanced.

WALL STREET: U.S. stocks faded Friday as telecom and energy shares sank but ended the week near record highs. Attention centered on government jobs data that were much weaker than expected. Economists cautioned not to read too much into them, because they were distorted by hurricanes that disrupted business from Texas to Florida. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index, coming off a record high, lost 0.1 percent to 2,549.33. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped less than 0.1 percent from its high to 22,773.67. The Nasdaq composite added 0.1 percent to 6,590.18.

US JOBS: The U.S. economy lost 33,000 jobs last month as hiring fell due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but the Labor Department said unemployment fell to a fresh 16-year low. It was the first monthly loss in employment in nearly seven years but economists said weakness is likely to be short-lived as the country rebounds from the storms. Previous natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005, also inflicted short-term job losses that were followed by intensified hiring.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude rose 15 cents to $49.44 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell $1.50 the previous session to close at $49.29. Brent crude, used to price international oils, gained 11 cents to $55.73 on London. It dropped 38 cents the previous day to $55.62.

CURRENCY: The dollar edged down to 112.62 yen from Friday’s 112.65 yen. The euro advanced to $1.1740 from $1.1731.

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