Major stock markets in Asia followed Wall Street higher on Thursday, amid upbeat earnings reports and optimism over the US recovery. The Hang Seng led the gains, jumping over 1.5%, on news that China will continue to open up its financial sector. Stocks in South Korea rose for the first time in five sessions, as Fitch Ratings kept the country’s credit rating at “AA-” with a stable outlook. Markets in Japan are closed until Monday.