Before the Potential US Payrolls Storm, Stocks Climb in Calm

As investors awaited U.S. jobs data that could strengthen the case for maintaining high interest rates for some time, a lull in bond selling continued on Friday, although it might not last the entire day.

The MSCI index of Asia-Pacific stocks not listed in Japan (.MIAPJ0000PUS) increased by 0.9%.

However, prior to the release of U.S. non-farm payrolls data at 12:30 GMT, no one was making large wagers.