Asian stocks climb, euro surrenders gains as French election jitters return

By Nichola Saminather | SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE Asian stocks rose, lifted by bets on strong U.S. earnings and U.S. tax reform, while the euro retreated from a three-week high as jitters returned over the first round of French presidential elections on Sunday after a shooting in Paris.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS added 0.25 percent. It is set to end the week 0.6 percent lower.

Japan’s Nikkei .N225 advanced 0.8 percent, on track for a weekly gain of 1.3 percent.

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