Asian shares rise, echoing Wall St optimism on virus battle

Asian shares rise, echoing Wall St optimism on virus battle
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A woman wearing a face mask walks past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Asian shares are rising, echoing the rally on Wall Street fueled by signs … TOKYO (AP) – Asian shares rose Tuesday, echoing the rally on Wall Street, amid a few glimmers of hope that the coronavirus pandemic could be slowing.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 2.0% to finish at 18,950.18, while South Korea’s Kospi gained 1.9% to 1,825.42. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 1.5% to 24,092.69, while the Shanghai Composite jumped nearly 2.0% to 2,818.35.

Australia’s S&P;/ASX 200 lost 0.7% to 5,252.30. India’s Sensex surged 6.5% to 29,370.82.

China on Tuesday reported no new deaths from the coronarivus over the past 24 hours and had 32 new cases, all from people who returned from overseas. […]

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