Japanese stocks gain alongside the rest of Asia on optimism over trade talks

Risk sentiment is broadly positive and that's helping to drive a rally in Asian stocks today. US and China are set to conclude trade talks in Beijing and so far there has been nothing but positive vibes coming from the Chinese capital on the week.

The positive sentiment is also helping to buoy risk assets and commodity currencies are no exception to that. The kiwi is leading gains in the major currencies bloc, followed by the loonie and then the aussie.