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Review: Asian stocks up on boost in U.S. economic optimism

Asian shares inched up on Friday as investors awaited a U.S. September nonfarm payrolls report.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares advanced 0.3 percent, set for a weekly rise of 1.6 percent.

Japan's Nikkei ticked up 0.3 percent after hitting a new two-year peak, Australian shares gained 0.9 percent and South Korea's KOSPI jumped 0.9 percent.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose 0.4 percent.

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