US president's upbeat comments on trade stoked confidence in Asia. Experts say "accommodative Fed and accommodative monetary policy" are likely driving the markets, calling US-China trade headlines just "noise" that works in the short-term.
In the US, gasoline prices jumped after crude oil futures spiked nearly 15 percent following weekend attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.
US bond yields up slightly after sharp fall in August, while European shares seen dipping slightly. Meanwhile, pound sterling drops to just below $1.2, its lowest level since January 2017.
An incredible day on Wall Street, which saw major indexes finishing at least 5 percent higher, spurred early gains in Asia on Thursday as some traders returned from a Christmas break.
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