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Asian Shares Rise on Biden Win and Strong Chinese Trade Data

Asian shares and US futures rose Monday on relief the US presidential election results were finally decided, with Joe Biden announced president-elect. Hong Kong’s benchmark Hang Seng Index went up

Asian shares and US futures rose Monday on relief the US presidential election results were finally decided, with Joe Biden announced president-elect.

Hong Kong’s benchmark Hang Seng Index went up slightly in morning trade. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 jumped 2.5% while the Topix index added 1.54%.

South Korea’s Kospi also rose 1.44%. Mainland Chinese stocks also saw robust gains by the afternoon, with the Shanghai composite up 1.9% while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index advanced 1.62%.

Stock analyst Jackson Wong said the Hong Kong market was optimistic about the future of Asian economy under a Biden presidency and had “already responded pretty positively”. Strong Chinese trade data released over the weekend which showed exports in October grow 11.4% from a year earlier, beating analysts’ expectations of a 9.3% also boosted market sentiments. Many in the region expect trade tensions to de-escalate under a Biden presidency, a plus for Asian markets and economies.

As votes gradually were counted in the closely watched US presidential election, Biden crossed the winning threshold of 270 Electoral College votes with a win in Pennsylvania. However, President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede and threats of legal action remain a cause for uncertainty.

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