SÃO PAULO - Os indicadores positivos nos EUA ditaram o tom otimista dos mercados asiáticos nesta sessão e as expectativas de que a economia global aprofunde a fase de recuperação estimularam ganhos. Ontem, o Departamento do Comércio dos EUA divulgou revisão do Produto Interno Bruto (PIB) americano, que apresentou crescimento de 2,2% no terceiro trimestre nos dados anualizados. O avanço, no entanto, ficou abaixo das expectativas dos analistas, que apontavam para 2,8%. Mais positivos vieram os dados sobre o mercado imobiliário dos EUA. A venda de casas usadas no país saltou 7,4% em novembro, para 6,54 milhões de unidades na taxa anualizada, superando a previsão de alta de 2,5%. Em dia de bolsas fechadas no Japão, o setor financeiro foi o destaque da região. As ações do China Construction Bank subiram 1,56%, enquanto as do Bank of China ganharam 2,2% em Hong Kong. Os investidores receberam ainda o PIB da Nova Zelândia, que teve expansão de 0,2% entre julho e setembro, ante o trimestre anterior, alta também abaixo do que o projetado pelo mercado. O Hang Seng, de Hong Kong, avançou 1,12%, aos 21.328,74 pontos. Em Xangai, o Shanghai Composite subiu 0,76%, aos 3.073,78 pontos. O Kospi, de Seul, encerrou o pregão com valorização de 0,35%, aos 1.661,35 pontos. A bolsa de Tóquio não abriu devido a feriado. (Vanessa Dezem | Valor com agências internacionais) World markets rise on stronger US housing sales By JOE McDONALD (AP) - 1 hour ago BEIJING - Asian and European stock markets were higher Wednesday after a jump in U.S. housing sales suggested the world ? s biggest economy is picking up speed. Shanghai, Seoul and Sydney all rose after major U.S. indexes gained Tuesday on news that November home resales jumped 7.4 percent, above a forecast 2.5 percent. As trading got started in Europe, benchmarks in Germany, France and Britain were up about 0.5 percent. Stock futures augured modest gains Wednesday on Wall Street. The housing figures, which came after upbeat earnings and forecasts from technology companies and more corporate dealmaking, countered gloom about third quarter economic growth being revised lower. The advance in stocks is " being driven by sentiment out of the U.S. and the fact that U.S. markets continue to hold up in the face of rather mixed data, " said Kirby Daley, senior strategist at Newedge Group in Hong Kong. China ? s benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rose 23.26 points, or 0.8 percent, to 3,073.78, while Sydney ? s S & P/ASX added 0.8 percent to 4,739.30 amid strength in coal stocks. Tokyo was closed for a holiday after the benchmark Nikkei 225 added 1.9 percent on Tuesday. Hong Kong ? s Hang Seng reversed losses to climb 236.70, or 1.1 percent, to 21,328.74. Investors were closely watching U.S. markets in the absence of major Asian developments. " The market realizes that as long as China remains strong, Asia is going to benefit, and as long as the U.S. doesn ? t hit a major bump in the road, Asia will remain stable, " Daley said. However, he said that after recent strong gains, " I don ? t think there will be a significant push higher. " China ? s government is forecasting full-year 2009 growth of 8.3 percent following a rebound driven by Beijing ? s 4 trillion yuan ($586 billion) stimulus. Private sector economists expect growth of up 9.4 percent. Elsewhere, Seoul ? s Kospi gained 0.4 percent to 1,661.35, while Singapore was up 0.6 percent and Taiwan ? s Taiex rose 0.6 percent. Tuesday on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 50.79, or 0.5 percent, to 10,464.93 following the housing report by the National Association of Realtors. The Standard & Poor ? s 500 index rose 3.97, or 0.4 percent, to 1,118.02, while the Nasdaq composite index rose 15.01, or 0.7 percent, to 2,252.67. Both the S & P 500 and the Nasdaq are at their highest levels since last October. That came despite a government report revising down U.S. third-quarter gross domestic product growth. The Commerce Department ? s new reading showed a growth rate of 2.2 percent, down from the previous estimate of 2.8 percent. The growth, while smaller than originally believed, still managed to break a record four straight quarters of decline. Oil rose 26 cents to $74.66 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. =-------------- Dec. 23 (Bloomberg) -- European and Asian stocks rose and the dollar traded near a three-month high against the euro and oil climbed above $74 a barrel on signs economies around the world are improving. The Dow Jones Stoxx 600 Index added 0.6 percent as of 8:58 a.m. in London and the MSCI Asia Pacific excluding Japan Index climbed 0.9 percent. The dollar was unchanged at $1.4249 versus the euro from yesterday's close in New York. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday.