Shares advanced in Asia on Wednesday following a rally on Wall Street led by technology companies. There was little if any immediate reaction to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 index

NIK, +0.14%

  gained 0.3% early Wednesday. Australia’s S&P ASX 200

XJO, +0.34%

  also climbed 0.5%. Markets in Hong Kong, mainland China and most of Southeast Asia were closed for lunar new year holidays.

Among individual stocks, Yamaha Corp.

7951, +12.67%

  and Panasonic

6752, +2.80%

  rose while NTT Data

9613, -9.17%

 , Nintendo

7974, -5.55%

  and Sony

6758, -3.93%

  were among the biggest decliners. A day after surging, Australian bank stocks slid back, with ANZ Banking

ANZ, -1.68%

 , Commonwealth Bank

CBA, -1.36%

 , National Australia Bank

NAB, -1.40%

  and Westpac

WBC, -1.24%


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The overnight rally in U.S. markets, supported by strong corporate earnings, extended the benchmark S&P 500 index’s winning streak to five days.

More than 68% of companies reporting earnings in the S&P 500 beat analyst forecasts during the most recent quarter. Those results, in part, helped drive the market’s best January in 32 years.

Positive sentiment has been supported by reports from Washington, citing unnamed sources, that say U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin plan to travel to Beijing next week for the next round of talks aimed at resolving trade and technology-related disputes that have led to both sides imposing tariffs on billions of dollars’ worth of each other’s products.

The S&P 500 index

SPX, +0.47%

  added 0.5% to 2,737.70. The Dow Jones Industrial Average

DJIA, +0.68%

 gained 0.7% to 25,411.52. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite

COMP, +0.74%

  added 0.7% to 7,402.08.

U.S. crude oil

CLH9, -0.78%

  added 7 cents to $53.73 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It fell 1.6 percent to settle at $53.66 per barrel on Tuesday. Brent crude

LCOJ9, -0.79%

 , used to price international oils, picked up 4 cents to $62.02 per barrel. It slid 0.8 percent to close at $61.98 per barrel in London.

The dollar

USDJPY, -0.28%

  slipped to 109.80 yen from 109.96 yen on Tuesday.

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