TOKYO: Asian stocks edged up on Thursday as global equities found breathing space after their worst quarter in four years, although caution over China Purchasing Managers' Indexes due later in the session limited gains. Stocks in Asia took heart from an overnight rally on Wall Street, where the S&P 500 gained 1.3 per cent and the Dow rose 1 per cent as bargain hunters scooped up beaten-down shares. China's official manufacturing PMI due at 0100 GMT is expected to show factory activity shrank for a second straight month in September.
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From 1970 to 2004, commodities moved the opposite direction of assets like equities and bonds. For example, it was during times such as the 1990s that cheap inputs like oil and metals helped to fuel growth in industries across the globe.
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