Asian investors trade cautiously as US jobs report expected today

<p>Asian markets were mixed today (July 3rd) as investors keep their focus on the release of the US jobs report.</p>

Asian markets were mixed today (July 3rd) as investors keep their focus on the release later in the day of key US jobs figures, hoping for further signs of economic recovery.

The US government's nonfarm payrolls report for June is expected to display continued employment growth, in a positive sign for the world economy.

Economists forecast that the report will show employers added 215,000 jobs during the month and that the unemployment rate remained at 6.3 per cent, according to financial data provider FactSet, quoted by AP. 

Markets in Taiwan and China continued to gain following China and US reporting growth in manufacturing.

The Taiex in Taiwan gained 0.4 per cent to 9,526.23 and China's Shanghai Composite edged up 0.2 per cent to 2,063.23.

Other Asian markets, however, were cautious while awaiting the US jobs report.The Nikkei 225 index in Tokyo was down 0.2 per cent to 15,340.75 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.1 per cent to 25,521.36. South Korea's Kospi shed 0.3 per cent to 2,019.84.

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