Asian market inched higher on Thursday as investors hoped for more economic stimulus from newly inaugurated U.S. President Joe Biden to offset damage wreaked by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Taiwan weighted advanced 2.20%, Kospi rose 1.49%, Shanghai Composite gained 1.07% and the Nikkei 225 rose 0.82%. The Jakarta composite fell 0.25%, set composite plunged 0.15%,the Hang Seng lost 0.08%.
European stocks advanced on Thursday amid optimism as President Joe Biden takes office.
The Germany's DAX is up 0.39% and London's FTSE 100 is up 0.10% and the CAC fell 0.19%.