Asian markets rise after Wall St losses amid recession fears

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Friday after Wall Street losses deepened as worries grow that the U.S. economy is headed for recession. Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong

Kong advanced. Seoul declined. Oil prices gained. Traders worry the Federal Reserve and other central banks might be willing to tip Western economies into recession as they

try to extinguish inflation that is at multi-decade highs. A Fed board member, Lael Brainard, and President Christine Lagarde of the European Central Bank, in separate

appearances Thursday, affirmed plans to keep interest rates elevated despite market hopes central banks might scale back plans due to indications economic activity might be

cooling. “That again implies more hikes to come and then a long hiatus, not the imminent reversal markets are pricing for,” Rabobank said in a report. The Shanghai

Composite Index rose 0.6% to 3,258.90 and the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo gained 0.4% to 26,499.02. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong gained 1.1% to 21,890.56. The Kospi in Seoul advanced

0.5% to 2,391.49 and Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 added 0.3% to 7,455.20. India's Sensex opened up 0.1% at 60,931.27. New Zealand and Southeast Asian markets rose. On

Wall Street, the benchmark S&P 500 index lost 0.8% on Thursday to 3,898.85 in its third daily decline. More than 75% of the stocks in the S&P 500 closed lower.

Technology companies, retailers and industrial stocks were among the biggest drags. Chipmaker Nvidia fell 3.5%, Home Depot dropped 4% and Deere & Co. fell 4.1%. The Dow

Jones Industrial Average retreated 0.8% to 33,044.56. The tech-heavy Nasdaq tumbled 1% to 10,852.27.