GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks follow global surge, dollar on defensive

Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:35am EDT
 
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* MSCI Asia-Pacific index rises 1.1 percent

* Spreadbetters see European bourses open flat to tad firmer

* Dollar on defensive after weak U.S. data

* Aussie at 3-week highs on stronger-than-expected job data

* Brent touches 4-month high as U.S. production slows

By Shinichi Saoshiro

TOKYO, April 16 (Reuters) - Most Asian share markets took cues from a global surge in equities and rose on Thursday, while weak U.S. economic data sent the dollar lower.

Spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE to open slightly higher, while Germany's DAX and France's CAC were seen starting little changed.

Lacklustre economic indicators have been kind to risk assets this week, with Wednesday's weak Chinese data further boosting expectations of monetary stimulus by Beijing while soft U.S. data have also helped by dampening prospects of an early rate hike by the Federal Reserve.   Continued...