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Asian stocks at record highs as Biden inauguration
lifts stimulus hopes
By Andrew Galbraith and Jessica DiNapoli
SHANGHAI/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Asian stocks rose to new record highs on Thursday, tracking U.S. markets as
investors hoped for more economic stimulus from newly inaugurated U.S. President Joe Biden to offset damage
wreaked by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Republicans in the U.S. Congress have indicated they are willing to work with the new president on his
administration's top priority, a $1.9 trillion U.S. fiscal stimulus plan, but some are opposed to the plan's price tag.
Democrats took control of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, but will still need Republican support to pass the
But after record high closes on Wall Street overnight, markets in Asia reflected relief over an orderly transition of
power and strong expectations that U.S. stimulus will provide continued support for global assets.
Kay Van-Petersen, global macro strategist at Saxo Capital Markets, said that Democratic control of the Senate
"increases not just the probability of more fiscal (stimulus), but the magnitude."
"That means that this market should be way, way, way higher as a whole and we're going to get there. We're
entering this regime of even more accelerated asset class inflation," he said.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan touched record highs and was last up 0.85%, with
markets across the region posting gains.