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Asia markets rise as US stock market rebounds

stock market rebounds

Nikkei 225 index opened 0.9% higher, South Korea’s Kospi jumped 1.6%, while Sydney’s S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.3%

Asia markets ticked higher at opening on Friday, encouraged by a rebound of the US stock market, after Russia was struck with a flurry of international sanctions.

US President Joe Biden has announced a new round of sanctions against Russia, crippling its ability to conduct business in major currencies.

Many indexes were in the green on Friday morning, including Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index, which opened 0.9% higher, the BBC reported.

Elsewhere, South Korea’s Kospi jumped 1.6%, while Sydney’s S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.3%.

Global shares dropped sharply on Thursday, in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, before Biden announced the new sanctions and markets bounced back.

The Dow Jones shed nearly 2% in early trading, but a late rally saw it close 0.3% higher.

The UK’s FTSE 100 index dropped 3.9% — its biggest one-day drop since June 2020 — while Germany’s Dax index lost 4%.

Oil prices also fell slightly after peaking past US$100 a barrel — the highest level in more than 7 years.

Russia is the world’s second biggest exporter of crude oil, following Saudi Arabia, and is the largest exporter of natural gas.

Analysts are concerned that the sanctions could restrict supplies, increasing prices globally.

Europe gets almost a third of its oil and around 40% of its gas from Russia, much of which flows through pipelines across Ukraine, according to the BBC.

China relies less heavily on Russia, importing just 14% of its oil and gas from its northern neighbour.

Deutsche Bank economists predict that Europe could fall into recession, if oil prices were to rise 50%.

Such a crisis would also affect the US and send shock waves across countries in Asia.

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