Investing.com-- Most Asian stocks rose slightly on Tuesday in anticipation of key U.S. inflation data, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 index rallied to 34-year highs on positive earnings from the technology sector and dovish signals from the Bank of Japan.
Regional stocks took a mixed lead-in from Wall Street, as gains in U.S. stocks now appeared to be cooling from a record-high run through last week. S&P 500, Nasdaq and Dow Jones futures all fell about 0.1% each in Asian trade on Tuesday.
A week-long market holiday in China and Hong Kong kept Asian trading volumes relatively low, and also made for a dearth of regional cues.
The Nikkei 225 was a key outlier among its regional peers, rallying 2.5% to a 34-year high on strength in major technology stocks, following positive earnings from chipmaker Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TYO:8035) and investment house SoftBank Group Corp. (TYO:9984).
Tokyo Electron surged nearly 11% to an over three-year high after it clocked a stronger profit for the December quarter, and also flagged increasing demand in China.
SoftBank jumped 6.7% to a near three-year high, extending gains after clocking its first profitable quarter in five. The stock also tracked overnight gains in its chipmaking unit Arm Holdings (NASDAQ:ARM), whose U.S. shares surged 29% on Monday amid continued hype over its prospects in an artificial intelligence boom.
Gains in the two tech majors spilled over into the broader sector. Japanese stocks also saw extended gains after Deputy Bank of Japan Governor Shinichi Uchida said that while the BOJ will raise interest rates this year, it will likely do so at a slow pace- heralding continued easy monetary conditions for local stocks.
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