Asian markets are mostly higher Wednesday with investors apparently looking past the political crisis in the United States and focusing more on the introduction of new COVID-19 vaccines.
The Nikkei index in Japan finished up more than one percent. Australia’s S&P/ASX index closed 0.1% higher. South Korea’s KOSPI index gained 0.7%, and the TSEC index in Taiwan finished up 1.7%.
Shanghai’s Composite index fell 0.2%. In late afternoon trading, the Hang Seng index in Hong is down 0.1%, and the Sensex in Mumbai is 0.3 lower.
In commodities trading, gold is selling at $1,855.30 per ounce, up 0.6%. U.S. crude oil is selling at $53.53 per barrel, up 0.6%, while Brent crude is also 0.6% higher, selling at $56.96 per barrel.
All three major U.S. indices are trending higher in futures trading.