Asia equities gained on Monday (Jan 8) and are poised to gain today along with global markets. Japanese traders returned from holiday,¬†and shares in the United States’ recorded new all-time highs. The dollar climbed and oil held above $61 a barrel. Crude oil rose 0.75% to US$61.90 per barrel yesterday. Signs of financial-market stress continue to abate at the start of 2018 amid optimism that lower U.S. taxes and a broadening global economic recovery justify record high prices for global equities, Bloomberg reported.

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