At least 7 dead in eruption of Guatemala volcano: report

At least seven people were killed and 20 injured in a volcanic eruption in Guatemala on Sunday, according to the Associated Press. Hundreds of local residents were evacuated, and officials said an undetermined number of people were missing and feared the death toll would rise, the AP reported. The volcano erupted around noon local time, and lava flowed down the mountain into a nearby village. The AP said four people died when lava caught a house on fire, and two children were burned to death on a bridge. The volcano, Volcan de Fuego, is about 25 miles outside the capital, Guatemala City. Video posted on social media showed cars fleeing a towering cloud of volcanic ash.

Asia Markets: Asian markets gain, with Toyota and Sony boosting Nikkei

It was nice start for Asian stocks on Monday, led by Japan, following end-of-week gains in the U.S. after another solid jobs report.

The Nikkei
NIK, +1.41%
  was up an early 1.2%, helped by declines in the yen; the greenback
USDJPY, +0.08%
  was last around ¥109.70 versus ¥109.08 when Friday’s local stock trading wrapped. Big exporters Toyota
7203, +3.76%
  and Sony
6758, +2.91%
  were about 3% higher. Oil names opened lower, with crude distributor JXTG
5020, +0.25%
  down 0.8% after jumping a combined 4.7% Thursday and Friday while and producer Inpex
1605, -1.26%
  shedded 2.1% to erase the gains seen during a three-day rebound through Friday. Brent oil
LCOQ8, -0.31%
 retreated 1% Friday and was off a further 0.3% Monday morning

Meanwhile, indexes in South Korea
SEU, +0.28%
  and Australia
XJO, +0.55%
  started with 0.4% advances, with the latter’s benchmark having fallen for three straight weeks. New Zealand’s markets are closed for a holiday.

Singapore stocks also opened solidly higher amid broad optimism in the region after Friday’s post-jobs gains in the U.S. After three straight declines, the Straits Times Index
STI, +0.88%
  was up 0.7% with banks and property stocks early outperformers, rising more than 1%.

Malaysian stocks
FBMKLCI, -0.14%
  opened lower, contrasting early gains elsewhere in Asia, as the market paused following two days of roughly 1% gains.

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