Asian shares edge higher supported by Fed, China factory activity
European markets, however, were expected to ease as investors await negotiations over the Cyprus deal, with financial spreadbetters predicting London's FTSE 100, Paris's CAC-40 and Frankfurt's DAX to open down as much as 0.2 percent.
Benchmark indices in Spain and Italy were seen to open 0.3 percent and 0.2 percent lower respectively. U.S. stock futures were little changed, hinting at a calm Wall Street start.
The HSBC Purchasing Managers' Index for China revived to 51.7 in March from 50.4 in February, pointing towards solid but not spectacular first-quarter growth in the world's second-largest economy.
"China's growth at 10 percent is amazing, growth at 8 percent is quite strong, but China growth at 6 percent is still a lot better than any other developed country out there," said Carl Larry, president of Houston-based Oil Outlooks and Opinions.
The MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan, rose 0.1 percent. Hong Kong shares gave up earlier gains to trade nearly flat while Shanghai shares entered positive territory to add 0.4 percent after the China PMI.
Shares in Australia gave up early gains to end a volatile session 0.2 percent lower, hit by political uncertainty as Prime Minister Julia Gillard faced a leadership challenge. The Chinese data earlier lifted the Australian dollar to a high
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