Crude-oil futures rose early Monday as the excessive drop in oil prices in recent weeks sparked some buying interest and short-covering among investors before the end of the year, traders said.
Hong Kong: Asian markets rose in thin trade on Monday ahead of the festive season, tracking cues from Wall Street where stocks surged in a Federal Reserve-fuelled "Santa Claus rally" last week.
Oil rose for a second day, extending the biggest rally since October 2012 after Saudi Arabia said it was confident that crude will rebound as world economic growth boosts demand.
Australia's heavyweight pool rival South Korea has included six Europe-based players but found no place for former Arsenal striker Park Chu-young in its squad for the Asian Cup.
Opponents of fracking rally outside the Empire State Plaza Convention Center before Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address in January in Albany.