Asian shares rise, track Wall St gains as earnings ramp up

BANGKOK (AP) — Stocks were higher in Asia on Tuesday after a tech-led rally on Wall Street as investors bet the Federal Reserve will trim its rate hikes to tamp down inflation.

Many markets in the region were closed for Lunar New Year holidays. A preliminary reading for manufacturing in Japan remained steady in January at its lowest level in

over two years, with exports declining faster. But the strength in technology shares helped spur buying of manufacturers like electronics maker Omron, which gained 2.7%, and robot

supplier Fanuc Corp., which gained 2%. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index gained 1.5% to 27,299.19 and the Sensex in Mumbai added 0.2% to 61,065.17. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose

0.4% to 7,490.40 while the SET in Bangkok was up 0.3%. “Markets are assuming a pro-growth stance as investors get more comfortable with the idea of an improving macro

backdrop ahead of a busy week of data from both a macro and micro perspective," Stephen Innes of SPI Asset Management said in a commentary. “And if one takes a look under

the hood, in the heat of the moment, it has that unmistakable feel of pandemic-era trading, supported by solid moves in mega cap tech stocks," he said. On Monday, the

S&P 500 rose 1.2% to 4,019.81. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.8% to 33,629.56 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite closed 2% higher, at 11,364.41. Small company stocks

also rose, pushing the Russell 2000 index up 1.3% to 1,890.77. Tech stocks in the S&P 500 rose 2.3% Monday, with chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices leading the pack with a

9.2% gain.