Tokyo • World markets were mostly higher Wednesday ahead of U.S. economic data while cheery earnings from major Japanese companies such as Honda Motor Co. boosted Asian stocks.
KEEPING SCORE: In morning trade in Europe, France's CAC 40 dipped 0.1 percent to 4,359.30 and Britain's FTSE 100 was flat at 6,807.75. Germany's DAX inched up 0.1 percent to 9,659.53. Futures painted a brighter picture for Wall Street ahead of quarterly U.S. growth figures. Dow futures and S&P 500 futures both gained 0.2 percent.
ASIA'S DAY: Asian shares were mostly higher, with Tokyo's Nikkei 225 rising 0.2 percent to finish at 15,646.23. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong was up 0.4 percent to 24,732.21. South Korea's Kospi added 1 percent to 2,082.61. Sydney's S&P/ASX 200 edged up 0.6 percent to 5,622.89. Southeast Asian markets were mixed.