Asian market gains

Markets in Asia rose on the morning hours of Friday trade, ahead of US non-farm payrolls data due at the 2nd half of the day.
The session in Asia followed another positive close in U.S. equities overnight.

Australia's ASX 200 rose 0.76% to 5,694.5, with all but the utilities sector trading in positive territory.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 was up 0.22% at 20,673.72 in morning trade, while the Topix index advanced 0.21%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was up 0.35% after the market returned to trade following a public holiday on Thursday.

Markets in China and South Korea remained closed for public holidays.

The U.S. dollar advanced against a basket of currencies to trade as high as 94.016, rising from levels near 93.500 on Thursday afternoon Asia time. As at 10:12 am HK/SIN, the dollar index traded at 93.923.

Among the currency majors, the Japanese yen traded at 112.83 to the dollar, weakening from an earlier high of 112.74. The Australian dollar fetched USD 0.7785, slipping from an earlier high of USD 0.7798. Meanwhile, the euro traded at USD 1.1712, slipping from above USD 1.1760 earlier in the week.

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