Asian shares in holding pattern amid worry about virus
Nikkei remains flat while US dollar holds steady as investors see risks balanced
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...