Japanese shares rose on Tuesday, led by gains in stocks of glass product companies and department store operators after their robust earnings.
US inflation figures — due 1.30pm London time — will be 'the big highlight' in global markets today, according to Deutsche Bank strategist Jim Reid.
Asian stocks markets were broadly positive Tuesday after China's exports grew at a strong pace during March and imports rebounded giving investors heart that domestic demand is improving as part of the recovery from the pandemic. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was trading up 0.4% Tuesday after opening up less than 0.1% higher. In Australia, the S&P/ASX200 bucked the regional trend and was flat while Japan's Nikkei rose 1.1% in the afternoon session.