Asian stocks gained early on Thursday (Jan 26), cheered by the Dow Jones Industrial Average breaching past the 20,000-level threshold for the first time though concerns about U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist stance kept the dollar on the defensive, Reuters reported. The gains are also spurred by better-than-expected Japanese exports data and South Korean GDP figures boosted sentiment. Japan Wednesday reported its trade surplus sharply jumped in Dec 2016 as export grew 5.4%, the first annual rise in fifteen months.To subscribe please click here