Singapore/New York — Asian stock markets ground higher on Friday, and are set to end a choppy week more or less where they began it as surging coronavirus infections cast a shadow over encouraging economic data and checked hopes for a swift global recovery.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.3%, for a weekly gain of about 0.5%. Japan’s Nikkei rose 1% to sit flat for the week...

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