Asia stocks firm as upbeat U.S., European data boosts confidence

June 2, 2017 By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks edged up on Friday and the dollar bounced from recent lows as upbeat data on U.S. manufacturing and employment and buoyant European factory growth boosted investor optimism. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan ticked up 0.1 percent, while Japan’s Nikkei gained 1 percent to top the psychologically important 20,000-point level for the first time since August 2015. “Market sentiment is very good. The strength in Wall Street shares will be a tailwind for the Nikkei as well,”…

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