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Asia shares boosted by Wall St rally
Tokyo - which surged four percent Monday before losing 2 percent Tuesday - jumped 1.71 percent by the break. Hong Kong climbed 0.62 percent, Sydney added 0.84 percent and Seoul put on 0.60 percent while Shanghai was flat. The Dow rose 1.31 percent and the S&P 500 jumped 1.96 percent. The Nasdaq rallied 2.40 percent, helped by a strong Apple earnings report. Apple, the biggest US company by market capitalisation, rose 2.7 percent as fourth-quarter profits jumped 13 percent to $8.5 billion on strong iPhone sales. European stocks also rallied, with London's FTSE 100 up 1.68 percent, the Paris CAC 40 2.25 percent higher and the DAX 30 in Frankfurt surging 1.94 percent. Expectations of further easing weighed on the euro, which dipped to $1.2714 in New York Tuesday from 1.2819 earlier in the day in Asia. The euro was trading at 136.03 yen against 136.04 yen in the US and well down from 136.70 yen earlier Tuesday.

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