Asian markets looked set to track stateside gains on Friday after the Dow Jones industrial average hit a major milestone. Markets within the region had traded at or around multi-year highs within the prior session, with Japan’s benchmark index hitting a 26-year high along with also the Hang Seng Index touching a decade-high.
Major U.S. indexes climbed higher for the third straight session on Thursday, with the Dow breaking the 25,000 barrier for the very first time. The move higher also marked the quickest 1,000-point gain within the index’s history.
The Dow advanced 0.61 percent, or 152.45 points, to close at 25,075.13, the S&P 500 tacked on 0.4 percent to end at 2,723.99 along with also the Nasdaq composite rose 0.18 percent to finish at 7,077.92.