Asia markets were to set open on a positive note on Monday, following a positive finish in the U.S. last Friday after the release of a stronger-than-expected jobs report.
Australia’s SPI futures traded at 6,024, which was a touch higher than the ASX 200’s last close at 5,994.4.
Nikkei futures in Chicago traded at 22,900 and at 22,820 in Osaka. Those pointed to a slightly higher open for the Japanese benchmark index that finished at 22,811.08 in the previous session.
The U.S. economy added 228,000 jobs last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Economists polled by Reuters expected a gain of 200,000. The unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 percent.
In the currency market, the dollar rose against a basket of rivals from levels below 93.300 in the previous week to trade at 93.923 on Monday morning at 6:12 a.m. HK/SIN.
Elsewhere, bitcoin traded at $14,642.30 at 6:19 a.m. HK/SIN, according to data from Coindesk. The cryptocurrency has seen a more than 1,600 percent jump since the start of the year and topped $16,700 per token as of Dec. 7 — although at least one exchange had seen the price exceed $19,000.
The Cboe Futures Exchange will start trading in Cboe bitcoin futures starting at about 6 p.m. ET (7 a.m. HK/SIN) under the ticker symbol XBT. The Cboe is the first of the regulated exchanges in the United States to offer a futures contract for the cryptocurrency. Commentators have said that might offer bitcoin some legitimacy in the eyes of institutional investors.
The CME Group will also launch its own bitcoin futures which would add to further legitimacy for the cryptocurrency.
— CNBC’s Fred Imbert contributed to this report.
Source: cnbc china
Asia set to open higher, and bitcoin futures make their big debut