BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets headed upward Tuesday, with investors emboldened by reports that Germany and France were moving closer toward resolving Europe’s debt crisis.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 index rose 0.6 percent to 8,789.83 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was 0.8 percent higher at 18,215.17. South Korea’s Kospi was 0.1 percent lower at 1,837.11. Benchmarks in Singapore, Australia and the Philippines were higher. Those in mainland China, Taiwan and Malaysia dropped.