Stocks rise


    Asian stock markets rose on Tuesday after a record-setting day on Wall Street, while Bitcoin paused for breath after an overnight endorsement from Tesla Inc sent the cryptocurrency up 20 percent.

    Oil also hit 13-month highs, helped by rising optimism about a return in fuel demand.

    MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was last up 0.32 percent at 721.53 after climbing as high as 730.16 late last month.

    Korea was an early riser, up 0.92 percent while Chinese blue chips rose 0.49 percent and Hong Kong nudged up 0.24 percent.

    Japan’s Nikkei was up 0.36 percent and e-mini futures for the S&P 500 were up 0.5 percent.

    The early action came after another day of so-called reflation trades around the world, in which global markets bid up stocks, oil and gold while US Treasury yields held near 11-month highs.

    “Reflation on the back of US fiscal stimulus and positive vaccine news remains the major theme for markets,” strategists at National Australia Bank wrote.

    Expectations have been building that inflation would pick up as governments and central banks continue massive spending and easy money policies until officials are certain that their economies will recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

    Wall Street reached all-time closing highs on Monday as the Nasdaq Composite added nearly 1 percent and the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained about 0.75 percent.

    In more volatile cryptocurrency markets, Bitcoin briefly passed $47,000 for the first time, a 20 percent rise, before paring gains. It was last at $45,669.

    Tesla Inc said overnight it had invested around $1.5 billion in the virtual currency and expects to accept it as payment for its cars in the future.