Manama, Aug.3 (BNA): Asian shares rose on Friday, while the dollar pulled back from a one-month peak as investors took stock of the slew of U.S. economic data that showed a resilient labor market ahead of a crucial non-farm payrolls report due later in the day.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was 0.46 percent higher after dropping 2.3 percent on Thursday. Japan’s Nikkei was choppy and last up 0.1 percent.
China’s central bank governor pledged on Thursday to guide more financial resources toward the private economy, indicating refreshed urgency from authorities to bolster business sentiment as economic momentum weakens.Overnight, U.S. stocks closed little changed after a choppy trading session, as investors weighed rising Treasury yields with the latest batch of economic data and earnings.
Data showed the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefit rose slightly last week, while layoffs dropped to an 11-month low in July as labor market conditions remain tight.U.S. Treasury yields have been elevated partly due to a rise in supply, with the Treasury Department announcing a $103-billion offering on WednesdayThe yield on 10-year Treasury notes was at 4.187 percent in Asian hours, just shy of the nine-month peak of 4.198 percent touched on Thursday. The yield on the 30-year bond was at 4.302 percent, close to the nine-month high of 4.326 percent.
In currencies, the dollar index, which measures U.S. currency against six peers, fell 0.039 percent to 102.41, easing away from the near one-month peak of 102.84 reached on Thursday.
The euro was up 0.08 percent to $1.0953, while the yen weakened 0.04 percent to 142.63 per dollar, after gaining 0.5 percent on Thursday as investors sought safer assets.
Sterling last fetched $1.2725, up 0.09 percent, after a choppy session overnight as a 25 basis point interest rate hike from the Bank of England provided little comfort for the pound.
In commodities, U.S. crude rose 0.55 percent to $82.00 per barrel and Brent was at $85.56, up 0.49 percent on the day.
Spot gold added 0.1 percent to $1,936.09 an ounce. U.S. gold futures gained 0.10 percent to $1,933.90 an ounce.
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