US stocks ended higher on Thursday, with the S&P 500 at a record after a flurry of positive economic data, as investors hoped for signs from an annual meeting of central bankers that interest-rate hikes are not imminent.
The S&P 500 broke two records during Thursday’s session, climbing past its previous intraday all-time high of 1,991.39 and ending above its previous record close of 1,987.98. Both had been set on July 24. Investors are anticipating that the benchmark index will touch the 2,000 level, which it has yet to breach.
Asian shares rose in early trading on Friday, after upbeat U.S. data sparked another record close on Wall Street.
U.S. home resales rose to a 10-month high in July, factory activity in the mid-Atlantic region hit its highest level since March 2011 in August, and a gauge of future economic activity grew solidly last month.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.1% in early trading, on track for a weekly gain of 0.4 percent. Japan’s Nikkei stock average added 0.2%, poised for a robust 1.9% weekly rise.
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Tata Motors is eyeing to capture more market share in the compact sedan market, following the launch of its latest product “Zest”, according to a top company official.
MRF group buys Ashok Leyland’s Chennai Property in boat club.