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Review: Asian stocks rise, Yellen speech in focus

Asian stocks advanced on Wednesday as investors awaited Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen's comments on further monetary policy.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares inched up 0.3 percent.

Japan's Nikkei slipped 0.4 percent amid the yen's rise.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index rose 0.8 percent, while the Shanghai Composite Index dipped 0.2 percent.

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