Energy shares, financials boost Asian markets

05/19/2009 | MarketWatch

Asian markets followed the lead of U.S. counterparts to record gains today. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 rose 2.8%, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 and South Korea's Kospi each advanced 2.1%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index was up 2.4%, Taiwan's Taiex jumped 2.1% and Singapore's Straits Times added 2.7%. New Zealand's NZX-50 inched up 0.6%, China's Shanghai Composite rose 0.9% and Indonesian shares gained 2.5%.

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