Asian Stocks Rise on The Back of Better-Than-Expected Chinese PMI Figures By

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By Gina Lee – Asian stock markets made modest gains as China announced a higher-than-expected Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) data.

China’s gained 0.41% by 10:19 PM ET (3:19 AM GMT), while was up 1.26% after data showed the country’s March came in at 52.0, compared with the record low of 35.7 last month. Analysts had expected a PMI of 45, according to data compiled by

The country also reported a of 52.3, almost double last month’s 29.6.

Hong Kong’s was up by 2.24%.

Meanwhile, Japan’s rose 0.69%, while neighboring South Korea’s gained 1.8%.

Down Under, the rose 2.26%.

But analysts cautioned against expectations of a rally, as global stock markets round off their worst quarter since the global financial crisis in 2008. Countries continue to count the economic cost of the COVID-19 pandemic as the number of global cases and deaths showed no sign of abating.

In the U.S., President Donald Trump extended the deadline for COVID-19 quarantine measures to April 30 yesterday.

“Certainly, we are seeing bottoming in the equity market,” Jun Bei Liu, Tribeca Investment Partners portfolio manager, told Bloomberg.

Still “it’s very hard to see equities rally away, on the basis that the infections are still getting worse and the employment numbers continue to track lower,” she added.

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