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Asia stocks rise on ECB stimulus hopes, Wall St

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets were cheered Friday by a record close on Wall Street and talk of further stimulus efforts from the European Central Bank. Investors were also looking ahead to a report on U.S. employment. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 closed up 0.5 percent at 16,880.38 and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 climbed 0.5 percent to 5,549.10. Seoul’s Kospi added 0.2 percent to 1,939.87 but China’s Shanghai Composite lost…