People walk by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Asian stock markets were mostly higher Thursday, supported by Congress averting a U.S.

 

              People walk by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.  Asian stock markets were mostly higher Thursday, supported by Congress averting a U.S.
People walk by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Asian stock markets were mostly higher Thursday, supported by Congress averting a U.S. government default and a pickup in China's manufacturing in January. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)