• Equities in Asia were set for early gains after stocks and bonds rallied on Wall Street Thursday, ahead of crucial US jobs data due later Friday.
  • Share futures for Australia and Hong Kong edged higher while markets in Japan and mainland China are closed for a holiday. The S&P 500 advanced 0.9% and tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 climbed 1.3% on Thursday, only to strengthen further in futures trading following better-than-estimated results from Apple Inc..
  • The yen strengthened early Friday after ending the Thursday session at the highest level against the greenback in almost three weeks. The currency has likely faced official support, with estimates indicating the country spent more than $20 billion in its latest round of intervention. An index of the dollar was steady after falling by the most since December on Thursday.