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Asian shares shine on U.S. tech results, ECB hopes

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan extended gains and was up 0.9 percent, while Japan's Nikkei stock average (.N225) added 1.7 percent, rebounding from Tuesday's 2 percent drop. Asian sentiment also got a lift from the European Central Bank's plan to buy corporate bonds, a step that would help banks free up more of their balance sheets for lending. The ECB might decide on the matter as soon as December with a view to begin purchases early next…