Asian shares up before U.S. jobs report

May 02, 2014, 1:59 AM EDT
People walk past an electric quotation board flashing the Nikkei key index of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) in front of a securities company in Tokyo on August 15, 2013.
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Asian shares edged up amid expectations for an upbeat U.S. payrolls report later in the session, while the markets kept an eye on the Ukraine after reports of fresh violence there that could potentially dampen risk appetite. Pro-Russian separatists in Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine said on Friday Ukrainian forces had launched a "large-scale operation" to retake the town. Asian markets showed little immediate reaction to the reports, but they could have greater implications for European markets opening later in the session.
Asian shares up before U.S. jobs report, Ukraine eyed [Reuters]
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