Nyshka Chandran writes the Asia-Pacific stock market updates for CNBC.com. She previously worked as a content writer in Toronto after graduating from the University of Toronto, where she majored in Political Science.
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Asian stocks rose on Friday but trade was cautious ahead of a crucial U.S. jobs report that could determine if the Federal Reserve reduces its stimulus program later this month.
Indian equities outperformed on Thursday after the nation's new central bank governor unveiled steps to liberalize financial markets, but caution over a reduction in the Federal Reserve's stimulus capped gains in the rest of Asia.
Asian equity markets moved off session lows on Wednesday but investors continued to take profits after recent robust gains and as U.S. support for action against Syria dampened sentiment.
Japan's benchmark index led Asian stocks higher on Tuesday as dollar-yen flirted with the key 100-level while better-than-expected manufacturing data in Europe and China lifted confidence in the global economic recovery.
Japan's government has agreed to spend nearly half a billion dollars to contain a radioactive leak at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, in an attempt to avert what industry watchers have described as a looming nuclear crisis.
Asian equities were mostly higher on Thursday as sentiment improved following a positive handover from Wall Street but ongoing tensions in the Middle East limited gains.