30 Jun 2009

Asia-Pacific markets higher at close

10:44 pm on 30 June 2009

Markets in Asia and the Pacific were higher at the close of trade on Tuesday.

In New Zealand, the benchmark index was up 20 points, or 0.7%, to 2796 on turnover of $100 million.

Top stocks surged except Telecom, which was down 1 cent to $2.73. Fletcher Building jumped 20c to $6.58, while Contact Energy rose 10c to $5.85.

The Australian share market ended the last day of the financial year firmly in the black, supported by stronger energy and retail sectors and a positive lead from Wall Street, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbing 1.08%.

The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index rose 68 points, or 1.75% to 3,954.9 points, while the broader All Ordinaries index advanced 65.1 points, or 1.68%, to 3,947.8 points.

Japanese share prices rose 1.79%, finishing at a two-week high, as investors took their cue from gains on Wall Street.

The benchmark Nikkei-225 index climbed 174.97 points to end at 9,958.44. The broader Topix index of all first section shares advanced 14.44 points, or 1.58%, to 929.76.