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Asian stocks climb to decade peak

Asian stocks moved toward a decade peak on Thursday, on course for their strongest annual performance since 2009 as traders bet on a bright forecast for the global economy next year.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares gained 0.8 percent to a level unseen since late 2007.

South Korea's KOSPI and China's CSI 300 index both rose about 1 percent, and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index increased 0.7 percent.

Copper prices edged up for a tenth session in a row to a fresh four-year peak, adding 31 percent in 2017.

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