ANALYSTS' VIEW-Investors and analysts react to U.S. vice presidential debate

TOKYO, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Republican Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice president candidate Kamala Harris sparred on Wednesday in a pivotal debate ahead of the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election.

S&P 500 index futures rose 0.3% as the debate ended, building on earlier gains of 0.16%.

Public opinion polls and betting markets have shown support rising for Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden after U.S. President Donald Trump said last week he contracted the coronavirus.

For Reuters’ main story on the debate, click on Analysts’ comments KENNY NG, EVERBRIGHT SUN HUNG KAI STRATEGIST, HONG KONG:

“In my opinion, investors are paying attention to the second debate of the U.S. presidential election. At the same time, Asian stock markets are performing mixed, while U.S. stock futures are slightly going up.

“I think the current market will still make further observations on the U.S. election. On the other hand, Biden is currently leading the polls, and the market has begun to digest the expectations of Biden’s election.”

Reporting by Stanley White in Tokyo and Scott Murdoch in Hong Kong; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman