International markets rose, after U.S. stocks surged on hopes that a new vaccine could help combat the coronavirus pandemic.

In early-afternoon trade in Hong Kong on Tuesday, several regional stock benchmarks gained about 2%. Japan’s Nikkei 225 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index were up 1.9%, while South Korea’s Kospi Composite and Australia’s benchmark S&P/ASX 200 added more than 2%


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