GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares advance on earnings optimism, yen slips to 4-yr low


* Asian shares up, led by gains in Hong Kong

* Yen slips to 4-year low as risk sentiment improves

* European shares seen steady to slightly lower

* Bitcoin near all-time high

* Oil prices near multi-year peak, China coal tumbles

By Hideyuki Sano

TOKYO, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Asian shares advanced on Wednesday and U.S. long-dated bond yields edged up to a five-month high on rising optimism about the global economy and corporate earnings, while the yen slipped to a four-year low on the dollar.

European stocks are expected to trade steady to slightly lower. Euro Stoxx futures were down 0.2% and Britain’s FTSE futures was almost flat.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan arose 0.65%, led by 1.3% gains in Hong Kong , while Japan’s Nikkei was almost flat and so were mainland Chinese shares, weighed down by more weak data on the property sector.

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