Asian stocks hit record high, as earnings, stimulus boost recovery hopes

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By David Henry NEW YORK (Reuters) — Asian stocks hit a record high on Wednesday, as upbeat earnings, hopes of a large U.S. fiscal stimulus and progress in vaccinations fanned optimism about a global recovery from the pandemic. MSCI’s ex-Japan Asian shares index rose 0.8%, rising above its January peak to reach its highest level ever. In mainland China’s CSI300 rose 1.3% to a 13-year high and the Shanghai Composite hit a five-year high on the last trading day before the week-long lunar new year holidays. Japan’s Nikkei eked out gains of 0.1% while e-mini futures for the U.S. S&P 500 rose 0.35%….

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