Stock markets across Asia made slight gains following a rebound on Wall
Street. Investors were cheered as the U.S. continued to take measures
to boost its failing economy.
markets rebounded slightly after a tumultuous week during which
investors reacted to fourth-quarter results released by companies in
the United States.
Ricky Tam, Asian market investment
director for Champlus Asset Management, says regional markets this
week responded to declines in the U.S.
"That struck down the
whole Asian market. And, one more thing, as the oil price, the gold
prices came down, that pushed down the other Asian commodities within
the countries, particularly the Australian market," said Tam.
says that next week, as more U.S. companies, including some banks,
release fourth-quarter results, the market will be even more volatile.
their result is OK, I think the whole Asian market will rebound more
than 1,000 points," he said. "But if the result is not good,
then I think the market might decline quite seriously."
continue to closely monitor the U.S., some fearing its economy might
sink deeper into recession. But they were relieved to see that U.S.
Treasury agreed to bail out Bank of America with $20 billion in capital
from the federal government's emergency rescue fund.
Prices on most Asian stock markets fell sharply throughout the week, but Friday, they rallied modestly.
Japan, the Nikkei average rose 2.6 percent, on the heels of
gains by automakers and other exporters. Toyota picked up 6 percent,
while Honda jumped 8 percent.
The Hang Seng Index gained slightly and in mainland China, the Shanghai Composite Index rose almost 2 percent.
Benchmark indexes in South Korea, Singapore, Australia and Taiwan also rose.
Oil prices dropped slightly Friday to just above $35 a barrel.