Canada's benchmark TSE 300 rose 39.90 points to 7024.70. News that the Canadian October employment was not as dismal as originally anticipated provided some support. The jobless rate rose 7.3% in October from 7.2% in September, and a total of 1,800 new jobs were created in October. Half of the indexes rose, led by the gold sector and transportation issues. Among the losers were real estate and consumer products shares.
Asia markets finished higher. Japan's Nikkei added 36.50 points or 0.35%, to 10,383.78. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index jumped 27.21 points, or 0.27%, to 10,186.06.