SYDNEY — Asian stocks rallied on Tuesday as the U.S. Federal Reserve’s sweeping pledge to spend whatever it took to stabilize the financial system eased debt market pressures, even if it could not offset the immediate economic hit of the coronavirus.
While Wall Street seemed unimpressed, investors in Asia were encouraged enough to lift E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 by 1.9% and Japan’s Nikkei by 4.9%.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 1.2%, though that followed a drop of almost 6% on Monday. South Korea and Australia also recouped a little of their recent losses.
In its latest drastic step, the Fed offered to buy unlimited amounts of assets to steady markets and expanded its mandate to corporate and muni