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Asia shares mixed ahead of US jobs report

Published on Jul 3, 2014 10:40 AM

HONG KONG (AFP) - Asian markets were mixed Thursday as profit-taking tempered the buoyant sentiment fuelled by another record-breaking performance on Wall Street.

Investors are now keeping their focus on the release later in the day of key US jobs figures, hoping for further signs a recovery in the world's number-one economy is picking up strength.

Tokyo was flat, Hong Kong dipped 0.18 per cent, Seoul lost 0.27 per cent and Shanghai was 0.51 per cent lower, while Sydney added 0.43 per cent.

Regional shares have enjoyed a broad rally this week, helped by data suggesting Chinese manufacturing is getting back on track.

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