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Asian shares mostly up ahead of US jobs report

Published on Feb 6, 2014 4:30 PM
 
A pedestrian walks past electronic boards showing Japan's Nikkei average (Left), Dow Jones Industrial Average (Center) and the exchange rates between the Japanese yen and the U.S. dollar, outside a brokerage in Tokyo, on Feb 6, 2014.Asian markets mostly rose on bargain-buying on Thursday but sentiment remains weak following a recent global sell-off, with investors sidelined before the release of US government jobs data. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG (AFP) - Asian markets mostly rose on bargain-buying on Thursday but sentiment remains weak following a recent global sell-off, with investors sidelined before the release of US government jobs data.

Wall Street provided a tepid lead and the dollar was slightly lower against the yen after a private US jobs report proved inconclusive.

Tokyo, which spent most of the day in positive territory, surrendered in late trade to close down 0.18 per cent, or 25.26 points, at 14,155.12.

However, Sydney rose 1.21 per cent, or 61.1 points, to 5,131.4 and Seoul added 0.88 per cent, or 16.57 points, to 1,907.89. Hong Kong climbed 0.72 per cent, or 153.75 points, to end at 21,423.13.

 
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