Investing.com - Japan's Nikkei rose on Friday after Japan's
unemployment rate fell to six year low in December and most other
Asian markets remained closed for Chinese lunar holiday.
Japan's Statistics Bureau reported on Friday that country's
unemployment rate in December fell to 3.7%, its lowest level in six
years. This was against the expectation of 3.9% and November figure
of 4%. Also Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry reported that
Japan's industrial production in December rose by 1.1% against the
expected rise of 1.2% and previous fall of 0.1%. Japan's core
consumer price index however remained unchanged at 0.7% as per
Australia's S&P/ASX fluctuated between small gains and
losses as the country's Bureau of Statistics reported that fourth
quarter Producer Price Index rose 0.2% against the expectation of
0.9% and private sector credit for December rose 0.5% against the
expected rise of 0.4%. The credit grew by 0.3% in November.
Japan's Nikkei 225 was up 0.61% while Australia's S&P/ASX
200 was up 0.03%.
On Thursday, Wall Street rallied after solid U.S. economic
growth data coupled with better-than-expected earnings sparked
demand for equities.
Solid earnings from social networking icon Facebook and
credit-card company Visa, among others, sent broader indices
gaining on Thursday as did reports that Google is selling its
Motorola mobile phone unit to Lenovo for USD2.91 billion.
Solid U.S. growth rates sent prices climbing as well.
The dollar rallied after the Commerce Department said gross
domestic product expanded 3.2% in the three months to December, in
line with most forecasts, even outpacing some, following a 4.1%
rise in the third quarter.
Consumer spending rose by 3.3%, the strongest since the fourth
quarter of 2010, which markets applauded especially, while exports
grew by 11.4%.
Meanwhile, demand for U.S. equities rose among investors seeking
to shuffle their money out of emerging markets.
Today the U.S. is to round up the week with a report on
manufacturing activity in the Chicago region, revised data on
consumer sentiment and a report on personal spending.
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