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Europe, Asian Stocks Gain Ahead of U.S. Data on Jobs, factory Orders

European and Asian stock indices inched higher Tuesday, amid further signs in Europe of the recovery gathering pace, and ahead of expected positive news from the U.S. later today on jobs and factory orders. Germany¿s Deutsche Post AG was buoyed by an 8% earnings projection for 2013-2020, while in Asia Noble Group Ltd. of Hong Kong rose after agreeing to sell part of its agricultural trading unit to China¿s Cofco Corp. for $1.5 billion.