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Asia-Pacific markets generally higher as investors shrug off Chinese military drills after

Japan +0.85%. Data from Japan – June Household Spending +3.5%y/y and Labor Cash Gains +2.2%y/y.

China +0.27%.

hong kong -0.02%.

Australia +0.53% Australian Services PMI for July: 51.7 (from 48.8).

India +0.44%.

Overnight in the United States, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 85.68 points, or 0.26%, to 32,726.82. The sp 500 was roughly flat at 4,151.94 at the close. The Nasdaq Composite gained 0.41% to 12,720.58.

July US jobs report due Friday at 8:30 a.m. ET – Preview of Goldman Sachs. Friday’s jobs report is expected to show that 258,000 jobs were added in the United States last month, according to estimates by economist Dow Jones. That’s less than the 372,000 added in June.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude rose 0.4% to $88.89 a barrel, after losing 2.3% in the previous session.

Brent crude futures gained 0.27% to $94.37 a barrel after ending Thursday’s session down 2.75% to $94.12 a barrel. Both benchmarks hit their lowest levels in months.

Gold prices strengthened on Friday near a one-month high as a decline in dollar and U.S. Treasury yields and growing fears of a recession boosted demand, keeping the metal safe haven on track for its third straight weekly gain.

Spot gold rose 0.2% to $1,793.88 an ounce, as of 0054 GMT, after hitting its highest level since July 5 on Thursday. Bullion is up 1.6% so far this week.

US gold futures rose 0.2% to $1,810.60.

SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.03% to 1,000.32 tonnes on Thursday.

Spot silver rose 0.2% to $20.21 an ounce, platinum gained 0.9% to $934.25 and palladium climbed 1.1% to $2,086.68 .

US futures higher. Dow Jones +0.25%; S&P500 +0.19%; Nasdaq +0.22%.