Asian-Pacific markets gain, boosted by earnings in U.S.

Gains on Wall Street, fueled by healthy earnings news, sent shares up Wednesday on Asian-Pacific markets. Japan's Nikkei 225 advanced 1.8%, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 climbed 1.4% and South Korea's Kospi Composite surged 2.2%. New Zealand's NZX 50 added 1%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 1.6% and China's Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.3%. Taiwan's Taiex gained 2%, while Philippine shares closed up 0.7%. In afternoon trading, Singapore's Straits Times Index climbed 1.1%, India's Sensex added 0.6%, Indonesian shares advanced 1.4% and Thailand's SET was up 0.8%. Full story here