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STOCKS: Asia-Pac stocks are mostly higher on Wednesday, recovering from the
sharp decline yesterday after yet another North Korea missile test. The
geopolitical concerns seem to have subsided and risk on sentiment has returned
to markets.
- On the Nikkei 225 the index opened higher and has moved in a narrow range,
ignoring better than expected retail sales pre-market. Yen weakened overnight as
USD regained some strength which supported the jump higher on the indices at the
open. The index went into the lunch break at 19,468.73 up 106 points.
- Mainland China and the Hang Seng are both in positive territory with the Hang
Seng led higher by a jump in the technology sector.
- The Australian ASX200 is the exception, down around 5 points, dragged lower by
Telstra who fell almost 8% after the company revealed that their plans to
securitise broadband payments had been scuppered and rights expired for their
final dividend.
- US stock futures have also seen a rise amid the risk on sentiment, e-mini Dow
futures last up around 10 points.

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