MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside of Japan rose 0.3%, up for a third straight day to 570.80 points, a level not seen since late January.
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MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.19%, to sit not far short of its pre-pandemic late January high.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.5% to 565.74, moving nearer to the January top of 574.52.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.24%, although shares in Japan rose 0.07%.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2%, and gains in semiconductor makers drove Japan's Nikkei 1.9% higher to a six-month peak.
The 20.4% quarter-on-quarter drop in the April to June period is worse than anything since records began in 1955, the Office for National Statistics said.
The mixed sentiment has led to choppy trade in Asia with the index of ex-Japan Asia-Pacific shares shedding 0.76% while Japan's Nikkei gained 0.2%.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan see-sawed between red and green but held in small ranges to stay below a 6-1/2 month peak touched last week.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan lost 1% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 2%. Tencent, Asia's second-biggest company by market capitalisation, dropped 9.0%.
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Following Wall Street's lead, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan extended the week's rally by 0.3% to a fresh six-and-a-half-month high.
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MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.9%, while shares in China nudged up 0.1%. Australian stocks gained 2% for the biggest intraday gain since July 21. Tokyo shares also jumped by more than 1%.
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MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped 0.2%, though that was from a six-month top. Japan's Nikkei added 2.1% courtesy of a pullback in the yen, while South Korea shares were flat.
After rising in early trade, MSCI's broadest index of Asian shares outside Japan turned lower by late morning. It was last down 0.22%.
The confidence extended in Asia where Japan's Nikkei and South Korea's KOSPI were up 0.3% each, Australia's main index climbed 0.7% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 0.2%.
The Fed is expected to strike a dovish stance at its policy review later in the day and perhaps open the door to a higher tolerance for inflation - something dollar bears think could squash real yields and sink the currency even further.
The precious metal had stormed almost $40 higher at one point to reach $1,980 an ounce, only for a wave of selling to slap it back to $1,947 in wild trade.
Gold rose 1.0% to a record high of $1,920.9 per ounce, surpassing a peak touched in September 2011, as Sino-US tensions boosted the allure of safe haven assets, especially those not tied to any specific country.