GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian stocks set to rise as tech, stimulus hopes fuel global rally

By Suzanne Barlyn

NEW YORK, Oct 12 (Reuters)Asian stocks were set to rise on Tuesday as a renewed tech rally and fresh optimism that Washington would deliver a coronavirus relief package helped lift global equity markets.

Shares in Apple Inc AAPL.O surged 6.4% on Wall Street on Monday ahead of an expected debut of its latest iPhone on Tuesday, helping boost technology stocks, while Amazon AMZN.O rallied 4.8% ahead of its Prime Day shopping event this week.

CommSec Senior Economist Ryan Felsman said a COVID-19 resurgence in Europe and the United States is partly fueling the tech rally.

“Once again, there is a desire to hold the stay-at-home types of technology stocks…which will still generate profits and will be greatly oriented to a more challenging economic environment,” Felsman said.

On Wall Street, the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC on Monday staged its biggest one-day rally in a month, jumping

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Asian stocks set to rise as tech, stimulus hopes fuel global rally

By Suzanne Barlyn



a person holding a sign: People wearing protective face masks, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, are reflected on a screen showing Nikkei index, outside a brokerage in Tokyo


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People wearing protective face masks, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, are reflected on a screen showing Nikkei index, outside a brokerage in Tokyo

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Asian stocks were set to rise on Tuesday as a renewed tech rally and fresh optimism that Washington would deliver a coronavirus relief package helped lift global equity markets.

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Shares in Apple Inc surged 6.4% on Wall Street on Monday ahead of an expected debut of its latest iPhone on Tuesday, helping boost technology stocks, while Amazon rallied 4.8% ahead of its Prime Day shopping event this week.

CommSec Senior Economist Ryan Felsman said a COVID-19 resurgence in Europe and the United States is partly fueling the tech rally.

“Once again, there is a desire to hold the stay-at-home types of technology stocks…which will still generate profits and will be greatly oriented to a

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Dow gains 251 points as tech giants rally and stimulus hopes persist


  • US stocks rose on Monday as Democrats and Republicans inched closer to a stimulus compromise.
  • Mega-cap companies including Apple and Amazon led indexes higher as investors rushed to the growth favorites.
  • President Trump urged Republicans to speed up Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court so that they can pass a new stimulus bill before Election Day.
  • Investors also prepared for earnings season. Citigroup and JPMorgan are set to kick off reporting on Tuesday.
  • Oil futures sank as operations temporarily halted by Hurricane Delta resumed. West Texas Intermediate crude fell as much as 3.8%, to $39.04 per barrel.
  • Watch major indexes update live here.

US equities extended their rally into a new week as investors pushed tech giants higher.

Apple surged ahead of a Tuesday event widely expected to unveil the next generation of iPhones. Amazon climbed as it kicked off its Prime Day sale

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Tech stocks extend Wall Street rally on stimulus hopes

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(Reuters) – Wall Street’s main indexes rose for a fourth straight session on Monday, helped by a tech boost and on optimism that Washington would reach a deal over more fiscal support, with investors also gearing up for the third-quarter corporate earnings season.

Apple Inc was a major support for the three main stock indexes with a 3.6% gain ahead of a special event on Tuesday, which most analysts believe will be used to unveil the new iPhone with 5G capabilities.

Amazon.com Inc climbed 3.5% ahead of its annual Prime Day shopping event on Oct. 13 and 14.

The Trump administration on Sunday called on Congress to pass a stripped-down coronavirus relief bill as negotiations on a broader package ran into resistance.

“The widening lead for the Democrats lessens the likelihood of

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Stocks Climb Again on Wall Street With Hopes for Stimulus | Business News

By STAN CHOE, AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are rising on Wall Street Thursday as hope remains that Washington can approve more aid for the economy and after a report suggested the pace of layoffs is slowing a bit, though it remains incredibly high.

The S&P 500 was 0.5% higher in morning trading, tacking more gains onto Wednesday’s rise after President Donald Trump apparently backtracked on his decision to halt talks on more aid for the economy. He said in a televised interview Thursday morning that “very productive” talks have begun on stimulus.

Other U.S. and global stock indexes were also higher, but the last few weeks of trading have shown repeatedly that early gains for the market don’t always last. Stocks have been particularly rocky since early September, swerving on worries about everything from too-expensive prices to the still-raging pandemic, but the index has been generally

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Colombia pins recovery hopes on technology not oil

For the past two decades, oil has fuelled Colombia’s economic growth, one of the strongest in Latin America. 

But the country’s reserves could run dry in six years. While there is much potential in unconventional reserves, the courts have imposed a moratorium on fracking in Colombia, which means that oil is currently off limits. 

Colombia must look for other sources of revenue to recover from the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. But the government has other options for boosting the economy. It says it will bank its recovery on three “pillars” with the aim of pushing GDP to grow by 6 per cent next year (Capital Economics forecasts that GDP will fall 7.5 per cent in Colombia this year and bounce back by 5 per cent next year). 

The first is renewable energy. Colombia is rich in renewable resources. It receives regular sunlight all year round. La Guajira, a

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Wall Street jumps on stimulus hopes, upbeat data

(Reuters) – Wall Street’s main indexes jumped on Wednesday, led by industrials and technology-related stocks, as officials rekindled the idea of an imminent fiscal stimulus package, while upbeat data suggested a domestic economic recovery was on track.

FILE PHOTO: A worker cleans the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) , U.S., March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

U.S. House of Representative Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin hoped for a breakthrough on COVID-19 relief as they prepared to resume talks aimed at hammering out a bipartisan deal.

All 11 major S&P indexes were up, with energy also among the biggest gainers, as data showed U.S. private employers stepped up hiring in September, while the Chicago PMI reading jumping to 62.4, the highest level since December 2018.

“The market’s celebrating at the margin that the economy is not falling apart quite yet,”

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Dow Jumps 400 Points Amid Renewed Stimulus Hopes

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 The market moved sharply higher on Monday, trying to recover from its fourth straight week of losses, as investors cheered progress in negotiations over the next coronavirus stimulus bill.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 1.5%, over 400 points, on Monday, while the S&P 500 rose 1.6% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite gained 1.9%.

With only a few days of trading left in September, all three major averages are still on track to post their first monthly losses since March, when the stock market hit a low point during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Big Tech stocks, which have been the main source of the market’s sell-off in September, rebounded on Monday: Shares of Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Google-parent Alphabet all rose.

Bank stocks also led the market higher, with JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup,

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Hopes fade for stranded whales in Australia [Video]

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MACQUARIE HARBOUR, AUSTRALIASEPTEMBER 24, 2020SOURCE: AFPTV

1. Wide shot a stranded whale lies still in the shallow water2. Mid shot rescuers move a whale from a trailer back into deeper water3. Mid shot rescuers stand with a whale4. Mid shot a stranded whale splashes in the shallows5. Mid shot rescuers stand with a whale

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newseriesHopes fade for more survivors in Australia mass whale stranding By Mell Chun, with Andrew Beatty in Sydney

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ATTENTION – ADDS quotes from rescuer, local community ///Macquarie Harbour, Australia, Sept 24, 2020 (AFP) – Only a few dozen of the 470 whales stranded on Australia’s coast can still be saved, rescuers warned Thursday, as they weighed euthanising those animals in most distress. At least 380 pilot whales have died since their pod was discovered beached on Tasmania’s rugged western seaboard four days ago — Australia’s largest-ever mass stranding.Around 70 of the

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Hopes fade for more survivors in Australian mass whale stranding

Only a few dozen of the 470 whales stranded on Australia’s coast can still be saved, rescuers warned Thursday, as they weighed euthanising those animals in most distress. 

At least 380 pilot whales have died since their ill-fated pod was discovered beached on Tasmania’s rugged western seaboard four days ago — Australia’s largest-ever mass stranding.

Around 70 of the creatures have survived and the death toll is expected to rise as the window for rescue now begins to close.

“We’ve got about 25 animals that we think have the strength to be successfully released,” said Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service manager Nic Deka, adding the “hard physical yakka (work)” of rescuers would continue until nightfall.

A crew of around 60 conservationists and skilled volunteers have spent days wading in the icy water of Macquarie Harbour, surrounded by the cries of anguished whales slowly dying.

Pilot whales — which can grow

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