Asia Markets: Asian markets rev up after BOE’s aggressive moves

Asian shares rose Friday, driven by the Bank of England’s aggressive stimulus measures, but with traders keeping a wary eye on U.S. jobs data due later in the global trading day.

The Nikkei Stock Average NIK, +0.00% was up 0.2% with the S&P ASX/200 XJO, +0.39% trading 0.5% higher. Korea’s Kospi SEU, +0.90% was up 0.5%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng HSI, +1.62% rose 1.1%. The Shanghai Composite SHCOMP, -0.19% was trading flat.

The Bank of England on Thursday cut its benchmark interest rate to 0.25% from 0.5%, the lowest in its 322-year history.

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