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Sensex Leads Asia; U.S. Jobs in Focus

The Sensex hit fresh records Friday even as investors around the region awaited cues from the monthly U.S. jobs report due later today as well as a busy schedule next week that features lots of data from China and a Bank of Japan interest rate decision.

The Nikkei traded flat. The Shanghai Composite was down half a percent while the Hang Seng also declined 0.5%. The Sensex gained 1% to another new record as the new Indian government took a series of rapid steps and demonstrated solid intent towards fulfilling its poll promises. The All Ordinaries was up 0.4%.