Stocks start week steady after strong quarter, US policies in focus

Asian shares started the week on a steady footing on Monday after a bumper quarter as investors look to the shape of US trade and economic policies and how they could affect global growth.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was little changed in early trade while Japan's Nikkei rose 0.1 percent.

Ex-Japan Asia MSCI had gained 12.3 percent in the last quarter, its biggest quarterly gains in 6-1/2 years and almost double the 6.4 percent rise in MSCI's broadest gauge of the world's stock markets .MIWD00000PUS covering 46 markets.

The rally was primarily underpinned by signs of a pickup in momentum in the global economy, led by China.

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