Japanese shares rose, with the Topix index advancing for the first time in three days, after a better-than-forecast U.S. jobs report added to signs of growth in the world’s biggest economy and weakened the yen.
Asian stocks fell, with the regional benchmark index retreating from a five-month high, as investors awaited delayed U.S. payrolls data to gauge when the Federal Reserve will starting trimming record stimulus.
Japanese shares fell, with the Topix index dropping for the first time in three days, as the yen held gains against the dollar after disappointing U.S. jobs data. Insurers led losses among the gauge’s 33 industry groups.
Chinese equities rose, with a benchmark gauge erasing losses this year, amid expectations for a recovery in the world’s second-largest economy. Japanese shares and rubber gained after the yen touched a 20-month low.