Asian stocks edge up ahead of US job report

<p>Asian markets have mostly risen today as investors await the US nonfarm payrolls data.</p>

Asian markets have mostly risen ahead of a key US jobs report and amid ongoing Hong Kong protests.

Investors were trading in a volatile session caused by uncertainty about US nonfarm payrolls data due later in the day.

"Tonight's US payrolls data will be important; a strong labour report could push the dollar back up," Yutaka Miura, senior technical analyst at Mizuho Securities told Dow Jones Newswires.

In Hong Kong, leaders prepare to meet pro-democracy protesters who have taken to the streets for the past week.

Chief executive Leung Chun-ying refused demands to resign and held out the hope of compromise and has appointed his deputy to sit down with a prominent students' group.

Hong Kong ended 0.64 per cent higher at 23,080.47, while Tokyo finished 0.3 per cent higher, to 15,708.65.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.66 per cent, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 index gained 0.4 per cent. 

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