22 Jun 2009

Asia Pacific markets higher

10:03 pm on 22 June 2009

Markets in Asia and the Pacific were higher at the close of trade on Monday.

In New Zealand, the benchmark index rose 10 points, or 0.4%, to close at 2795 on turnover of $62 million.

Top stocks were unchanged, with Telecom at $2.59 and Contact Energy at $5.83. However, Fletcher Building rose 9 cents to $6.62.

NZ Farming Systems Uruguay was down 3c to 46c and Tourism Holdings also fell 3c to 46c.

In Australia, the share market closed higher, with heavyweights BHP Billiton and National Australia Bank driving the gains.

The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was up 18.6 points, or 0.48%, at 3,918.2 points, while the broader All Ordinaries index gained 16.4 points, or 0.42%, to 3,910.8 points.

Japanese shares closed 0.41% higher on Monday as markets across Asian gained, dealers said.

The benchmark Nikkei-225 index increased 40.01 points to 9,826.27. The broader Topix index of all first section shares added 3.51 points, or 0.38%, to 922.48.