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Forex - Yen gains in Asia ahead of U.S. jobs, wages data disappoints

Yen gains ahead of U.S. jobs - The yen gathered pace on Friday as investors geared up for U.S. jobs data later in the day and shrugged off disappointing wages data.

In Japan, preliminary wages data rose 0.6% year-on-year, well below the expectations of a 2.3% gain.

Investors were looking ahead to Friday's highly-anticipated jobs report for further indications on the strength of the economy and signs of a potential rate hike by the Federal Reserve this month.

The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, was up 0.02% at...