Asian shares edge up, shrug off downbeat China trade data

April 13, 2015 4:49 AM

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Asian shares edge up, shrug off downbeat China trade data

TOKYO (Reuters) - A rally in China's stock markets to seven year highs on Monday kept an index of Asian shares near its highest level since September, as weak Chinese trade data hardened expectations for more economic stimulus measures from Beijing.

The Chines markets' bull run has been fuelled by speculative buying on hopes of fresh steps to boost an economy struggling for momentum, with first quarter gross domestic produt data due to be released on Wednesday expected to showe 7.0 percent growth.

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