By Lisa Twaronite TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares shrugged off weak U.S. data overnight that raised concerns ahead of Friday’s key employment figures, and logged gains on Thursday as investors covered positions ahead of the Easter holidays. European bourses were expected to follow suit, with financial spreadbetters calling Britain’s FTSE 100 (.FTSE) to open flat Read More

By Hideyuki Sano and Vidya Ranganathan TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks buckled while the dollar held firm on Monday after strong U.S. jobs data fanned expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve may raise interest rates sooner than previously thought. Stock markets across Asia, including Japan’s Nikkei <.N225>, Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia fell broadly, with MSCI’s Read More

European equities closed mixed on Friday, after fresh jobs data from the U.S. beat market expectations. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 (FTSE International: .FTEU3) ended slightly higher on the day and posted its fifth weekly gain in a row, according to Thomson Reuters. European stocks pared gains after the U.S. employment report, following a similar trend Read More