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Asian shares mostly up after US, Japan, China data

Asian markets mostly rose Monday, buoyed by another record close on Wall Street in response to an impressive US jobs report, an upward revision of Japanese economic growth and healthy Chinese export figures.

HONG KONG: Asian markets mostly rose Monday, buoyed by another record close on Wall Street in response to an impressive US jobs report, an upward revision of Japanese economic growth and healthy Chinese export figures.

The euro ticked up as the upbeat outlook provided enough confidence for traders to look into higher yielding, higher risk assets.

Tokyo rose 0.31 per cent, or 46.76 points, to 15,124.00 -- a three-month high -- while Hong Kong gained 0.79 per cent, or 166.47 points, to 23,117.47.

Shanghai was flat, edging up 0.55 points to 2,030.50 but Seoul eased 0.27 per cent, or 5.44 points, to 1,990.04.

Sydney was closed for a public holiday.

US shares continued their recent run of records on Friday after the Labor Department said the world's biggest economy added a net 217,000 jobs in May, in line with expectations.

Economists cheered the solid report, which marked the fourth straight month that more than 200,000 jobs had been created.

The figures are the latest in a string of data out of the United States indicating its economic recovery is well on track, even as the Federal Reserve winds down its multi-billion-dollar stimulus programme.

The Dow climbed 0.52 per cent and the S&P 500 jumped 0.46 per cent, both ending at record highs. The tech-rich Nasdaq added 0.59 per cent to close at its best level since mid-March.

On Monday, Japan unveiled revised data showing its economy grew 1.6 per cent in the first quarter of 2013 as consumers stepped up shopping before April's sales tax rise -- the strongest in more than two years.

On an annualised basis -- a hypothetical figure that stretches the pace of growth over the course of a year -- the economy grew 6.7 per cent.

Sunday saw China release figures showing the country's key exports jumped seven per cent in May, much better than the 0.9 per cent seen in April and in line with forecasts of 7.2 per cent.

However, imports dipped surprisingly, meaning the trade surplus surged 75 per cent year on year to $35.92 billion, much more than expectations of $23.4 billion.

The results came a week after reports showed a solid increase in manufacturing activity, easing concerns about the strength of the Asian economic giant and key driver of global growth.

On foreign exchange markets the yen, considered a safe bet in times of uncertainty, eased against the euro.

The euro briefly topped 140 yen in morning Tokyo trade before easing back to 139.84 yen, although that is still up from the 139.80 yen in late New York trade Friday.

The single currency was also at $1.3650 against $1.3641.

The greenback, however, gave up earlier gains to buy 102.43 yen compared with 102.50 yen.

In oil trade US benchmark, West Texas Intermediate for July delivery, gained 40 cents to $103.06 a barrel in afternoon trade, while Brent North Sea crude for July rose 28 cents to $108.89.

Gold fetched $1,255.94 an ounce at 1105 GMT compared with $1,251.85 late Friday.

In other markets:

-- Singapore closed 0.17 per cent higher, or 5.77 points, to 3,305.20.

Singapore Telecommunications gained 0.52 per cent to S$3.88 while United Overseas Bank eased 0.26 per cent to S$22.68.

-- Jakarta closed down 1.06 per cent, or 52.09 points, at 4,885.08.

Carmaker Astra International rose 0.35 per cent to 7,225 rupiah, while state miner Aneka Tambang fell 2.97 per cent to 1,145 rupiah.

-- Kuala Lumpur ended flat at 1,863.69, inching up just 0.05 per cent, or 0.99 points.

IHH Healthcare added 0.2 per cent to 4.19 ringgit, while 7-Eleven Malaysia Holdings gained 1.9 per cent to 1.64. SapuraKencana Petroleum lost 1.2 per cent to 3.99 ringgit.

-- Bangkok lost 0.05 per cent, or 0.72 points, to 1,457.30.

Central Plaza Hotel added 4.48 per cent to 35.00 baht, while telecoms company True Corporation gained 2.76 per cent to 7.45 baht.

-- Mumbai rose 0.72 per cent, or 183.75 points, to end at 25,580.21 points. Earlier in the session, the index touched 25,644.77 points, a new record high for a second straight day.

Unitech surged 17.00 per cent to 37.85 rupees and Grasim Industries gained 11.53 per cent to 3,699.90 rupees.

-- Taipei rose 0.31 per cent, or 28.28 points, to 9,162.74.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co was 0.41 per cent higher at Tw$123.0 while leading chip design house MediaTek added 1.80 per cent to Tw$509.0.

-- Wellington was flat, nudging up 4.91 points to 5,187.35.

Chorus gained 0.58 percent to NZ$1.72, Fletcher Building was off 0.44 percent at NZ$9.15 and Air New Zealand was steady at NZ$2.21.

-- Manila closed 0.59 percent higher, adding 40.11 points to 6,802.73.

Ayala Corp rose 0.71 per cent at 640 pesos and its property arm put on 0.32 per cent at 30.90 pesos.

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