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Asian stocks edge up as sentiment in tech sector improves

Asian stocks climbed on Friday after Wall Street was supported by a bounce in technology stocks, while traders in Seoul focused on the first meeting in over a decade between the leaders of North and South Korea.

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MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares moved 0.4 percent higher, but still poised for a 1.2 percent weekly drop.

Japan’s Nikkei jumped 0.6 percent and hit a two-month high briefly.

South Korea's Kospi index gained 0.6 percent and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index was up 0.5 percent.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index ticked up 0.1 percent.

The rise in Asian shares came after each of Wall Street’s major indexes advanced 1 percent or more overnight, underpinned by strong financial results and a recovery in technology stocks.


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