Asian stocks shook off a sluggish start and edged up on Monday, with Japan outperforming on upbeat earnings, while the dollar regained traction as the U.S. government looked likely to avoid a shutdown. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.1 percent. Japan's Nikkei climbed 0.4 percent, with high-tech blue chips gaining on strong earnings.
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Investors are flocking back into Europe without waiting for the conclusion of the French election, as they bet the region has finally unshackled itself from fears of political turmoil.