By Shinichi Saoshiro
TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks edged up on Wednesday after tech sector strength lifted Wall Street shares, while concerns about Italy's debt prompted investors to move into lower-risk government debt elsewhere, pushing U.S. Treasury yields down from recent highs.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan <.MIAPJ0000PUS> rose 0.1 percent, while Japan's Nikkei <.N225> edged down 0.1 percent.
Australian stocks <.AXJO> rose 0.3 percent.
The Nasdaq <.IXIC> closed at a record high for the second day in a row on Tuesday with help from the technology and consumer discretionary sectors amid an upbeat outlook for the U.S. economy. [.N]
But the S&P 500 <.SPX> dipped, with the financial sector hit by lower Treasury yields, which can reduce banks' profits.
Treasury yields fell as investors moved back into safe-haven government debt after Italy's new Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte vowed to enact economic policies that could add to the nation's already-heavy debt load. [US/]
On the other hand, the debt concerns caused Italian government bond yields to rise again after they had declined to one-week lows on Monday. [GVD/EUR]
"The Italian political situation will remain uncertain, and considering its potential impact on European Central Bank policy, market volatility could continue to relatively high," said Yoshinori Shigemi, global market strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management.
The currency market's response to comments from the new Italian prime minister was more positive, with the euro gaining after Conte said the government had no plans to leave the euro zone.
The euro was a shade higher at $1.1724
The dollar index against a basket of six major currencies <.DXY> fell 0.1 percent to 93.833.
The U.S. currency was little changed at 109.850 yen
The 10-year Treasury note yield was at 2.929 percent
In commodities, Brent crude futures
(Editing by Kim Coghill)
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Updated Date: Jun 06, 2018 07:05 AM