Stocks in Asia were mostly higher, with traders awaiting today's press conference from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Starting in Japan, the Nikkei rose 0.3%, with large-cap Toshiba rallying on reports the company's top lenders will stay put, despite its upcoming write-down in the U.S. Hong Kong's Hang Seng also gained, adding 0.8%, though China's Shanghai Composite gave back 0.8%. Meanwhile, South Korean stocks rallied, with the Kospi ending up 1.5%.
In Europe, stocks are little changed at midday, as London's FTSE 100 fights to keep its historic win streak alive. At last check, the index was up 0.1%, looking for its 10th straight record close, and 12th consecutive win overall. Helping U.K. stocks is solid industrial production data for November and big gains from grocery giant Sainsbury's. These gains have spread to Germany, where the DAX is up 0.3%, while France's CAC 40 was fractionally higher at last check.
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