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Nikkei Surges to All-Time High as Asia-Pacific Markets Maintain Momentum

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Nikkei surges hits all-time high, Asia-Pacific markets remain positive. Global investors eye upcoming economic data.

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In a resounding display of market resilience, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index reached an unprecedented pinnacle, soaring to an all-time high of 39,029, eclipsing its previous record set in 1989. Despite subdued business activity data within the nation, investors remained undeterred, propelling the index to a remarkable 1.65% surge.

Meanwhile, the S&P/ASX 200 in Australia held steady, mirroring the cautiously optimistic sentiment following the release of the Judo Bank composite purchasing managers’ index for February, indicating a modest rebound with a reading of 51.8.

South Korea’s Kospi index edged up by 0.44%, while the Bank of Korea maintained its interest rates at 3.50%, in line with market expectations.

Nikkei Surges to All-Time High as Asia-Pacific Markets Maintain Momentum

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index kicked off the day with a 0.15% gain, echoing the positive trajectory observed across the Asia-Pacific region. China’s CSI 300 also posted gains, rising by 0.28%.

In the United States, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 38,612.24, marking a modest uptick of 0.13%, while the S&P 500 notched a similar gain, concluding the session at 4,981.80. However, the Nasdaq Composite experienced a slight setback, dipping by 0.32% to settle at 15,580.87.

The release of minutes from the Federal Reserve’s January meeting hinted at a tempered approach towards interest rate adjustments, despite the backdrop of robust economic indicators from the preceding week.

Looking ahead, market participants are keenly awaiting key economic events, including Core Retail Sales and Unemployment Claims data from the United States, as well as Manufacturing and Services PMI figures.

As global markets navigate through evolving economic landscapes, the Asia-Pacific region continues to showcase its resilience, with Japan’s Nikkei leading the charge into uncharted territory, setting a bullish tone for investors worldwide.

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