A man walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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Most Asia markets firmed on Monday after a tame reading on U.S. wages lessened the risk of faster rate hikes by the Federal Reserve, although Sino-U.S. trade tensions and a looming deadline for an Iranian nuclear deal lurked in the background.Energy shares were on a roll as oil prices hit their highest in more than three years amid strains in Venezuela's output and talk of possible new U.S. sanctions against Iran.Brent crude futures added 76 cents to $75.63 a barrel, while U.S. crude climbed 64 cents to $70.36 to finally crack the $70 barrier.MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan put on 0.2 percent, while Chinese blue chips rose 1.2 percent.
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