Asian Stocks Look to Build on Overseas Strength

By Anonymous

0011 GMT — Asian stocks have generally started higher, building on fresh gains seen overnight in Europe and the U.S. The Nikkei is strongest with a 0.6% advance, helped by more declines in the yen during overseas trading. Up 3.5% last week, the index is on its way to slightly surpassing that in this holiday-shortened week ahead of another 3-day weekend. Price changes are more muted elsewhere after the scant moves seen in many Asian markets on Thursday. Korea’s Kospi has risen 0.3%--trading there won’t resume until next Thursday after today—while Australia’s ASX 200 has started up 0.2%. New Zealand’s NZX 50 is down 0.1%...