Tokyo — Asia stocks hovered near four-month highs on Monday after a mixed performance on Wall Street at the close of last week, while the dollar firmed against the yen following strong US job and manufacturing data. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was almost flat. It had scaled a four-month peak on Friday along with a surge in its global peers. Trade was subdued, with many of the region’s markets closed for the Lunar New Year. China’s financial markets are closed all week, while those in South Korea are shut until Thursday. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng, which is trading for only half a day, edged up 0.2%. Japan’s Nikkei added 0.5%. On Wall Street on Friday optimism from a surge in January US job growth was offset by a weaker-than-expected outlook from Amazon that battered retail stocks. The Dow nudged up 0.26% while the Nasdaq shed 0.25%. “Key points for the markets this week will be how the remaining US corporate earnings releases turn out, and whether they are ...

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