GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares to pause ahead of China data, U.S. 'altitude sickness'

Asian shares were set for a largely flat start on Friday as markets weighed a pause in Wall Street’s multi-month stock rebound and awaited the release of Chinese economic data later in the session. Australian S&P/ASX 200 futures were down 0.05%, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 futures were up 0.06% after the Nikkei 225 index closed up 1.78% at 23,249.61​​​​ on Thursday. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index futures were down 0.13%.

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