Oct 22, 2015 11:03 PM

Asian stocks rise after ECB hints at more stimulus

The Associated Press

HONG KONG (AP) Asian stocks rocketed higher Friday after the European Central Bank signaled that it's considering more stimulus to revive the continent's ailing economy.

KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 jumped 2.3 percent to 18,865.77 and South Korea's Kospi rose 1.4 percent to 2,050.35. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 1.3 percent to 23,137.84 and the Shanghai Composite Index in mainland China rose 0.4 percent to 3,381.89. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 climbed 1.7 percent to 5,354.80.

EURO-BOOST: Asian markets are rallying on news that the European Central Bank is considering expanding its stimulus program in December as it weighs all available options to jumpstart Europe's stagnating economy. ECB chief Mario Draghi hinted Thursday that the bank might extend its 1.1 trillion euro ($1.2 trillion) bond purchase program and also take other measures, including cutting a key interest rate.

QUOTE-WORTHY: "Draghi's strong indication that the ECB is likely to add further monetary stimulus will create a sense of urgency for potential stock market buyers who have been sitting on the sidelines," said Ric Spooner, chief market analyst at CMC Markets in Sydney.

WALL STREET: Major U.S. benchmarks ended higher on the ECB news as well as healthy corporate earnings reports. The Dow Jones Industrial average climbed 1.9 percent to 17,489.16 and the S&P 500 index rose 1.7 percent to 2,052.51. The Nasdaq added 1.7 percent to 4,920.05.

ENERGY: In oil futures trading, benchmark U.S. crude rose 21 cents to $45.59 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 18 cents to settle at $45.38 a barrel on Thursday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 38 cents to $48.46 a barrel in London.

CURRENCIES: The dollar slipped to 120.65 yen from 120.86 yen in the previous day's trading. The euro rose to $1.1107 from $1.1081.


--  Dealing with the Disease of Addiction? Click here for help --

More from NH1.com

NH1 News Debates
NH1 News Replay

NH1 on Twitter

NH1 SkyView Cameras

NH1 on Facebook

Check out NH1 News Rail Polls on LockerDome on LockerDome