Stocks rally after Wall Street rebound

SINGAPORE — Asia-Pacific stocks traded higher on Thursday after Wall Street rallied.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 0.76%, while the Topix index climbed 0.25%.

The Kospi in South Korea gained 0.33% and the Kosdaq advanced 0.65%.

In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.21%.

MSCI’s broadest Asia-Pacific ex-China equity index rose 0.21%.

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Overnight in the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 each gained more than 1%, while the Nasdaq Composite rose 2.59%, led by tech stocks.

A better-than-expected Services PMI for July gave investors confidence amid worries about a US recession.

In the region, Alibaba and DBS report their results on Thursday.

DBS, Singapore’s largest bank, reported net profit of 1.82 billion Singapore dollars ($1.32 billion), the second highest in history, the bank said in a press release. That’s more than Singapore’s average forecast of $1.7 billion, according to Refinitiv data.

A Reuters report citing a single source said the world’s largest battery maker, CATL, will continue to work to provide lower-cost lithium-iron batteries to Ford Motor. CATL will also produce batteries in North America by 2026, according to Wednesday’s report.

Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday that CATL is delaying its decision on a plant in North America.

Currencies and oil

The The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 106.477, higher than at the start of the week.

The Japanese yen was trading at 133.70 to the dollar, weaker than levels seen earlier this week. The Australian dollar was at $0.6938.

Oil futures rose slightly on Thursday after Brent crude came in 3.7% lower and U.S. crude fell 4% on Wednesday following U.S. data showing that crude and oil inventories gasoline rose unexpectedly.

U.S. crude rose 0.67% to $91.27 a barrel, while Brent crude gained 0.64% to $97.40 a barrel.