TOKYO — Shares rose in Asia on Thursday after investors bet big on U.S. stocks Wednesday, pushing the major indexes to record highs. Tokyo shares were buoyed by the dollar's gain against the Japanese yen.
KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 stock index advanced 1.3
WALL STREET HIGHS: The Dow Jones industrial average surpassed 21,000 points for the first time in what was the biggest gain for the blue-chip index so far this year. Optimism over corporate tax cuts, deregulation and other business-friendly policy proposals reiterated by President Donald Trump during a speech before Congress helped fuel the rally. Banks were the biggest gainers amid heightened expectations that an improving economy will lead to higher interest rates. The Dow jumped 1.5
QUOTABLE: "A sweep of the markets and you will find that Asia has a lot of catching up to do after the strong gains across the globe overnight," IG market strategist Jingyi Pan said in a commentary. "Asian markets are in for a strong boost in the day with early movers delivering strong gains this morning."
CURRENCIES: The speculation the Federal Reserve may soon raise interest rates again helped push the dollar higher. The dollar rose to 113.97 yen from 113.74 yen. The euro slipped to $1.0531 from $1.0597.
ENERGY: U.S. crude fell 11 cents to $53.72 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It shed 18 cents to $53.83 a barrel on Wednesday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, lost 3 cents to $56.33 a barrel.
AP Business Writer Alex Veiga in New York contributed to this report.