Stocks in India soared for the second day in a row Friday, as short sellers raced to cover positions, after crude oil prices continued to slide lower and inflation data came in lighter-than-expected. The government released data on Thursday night that showed the annual rate of inflation for the week ending on July 5 was 11.91%, vs. 11.89% from the week earlier. The market cheered the results considering that many analysts were expecting an inflation reading of 12%.
Shares in mainland China rose sharply Friday spurred by rumors the government will introduce bullish stock market initiatives over the weekend as the August Beijing Olympic Games near. Stocks in Hong Kong also advanced following an extremely volatile trading session. Far East traders attributed the wild volatility to news of disappointing U.S.-based technology earnings from Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT), coupled with the mainland rumors.