Asia extends gains, dollar supported after Fed minutes

April 9, 2015 3:12 AM

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Asia extends gains, dollar supported after Fed minutes

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks rose on Thursday, extending the previous session's gains, while the dollar drew support from minutes of the Federal Reserve's last meeting showing the U.S. central bank was still on course to hike interest rates this year.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS added 0.5 percent, touching its highest level since September 2014.

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