Global markets: Weak Europe weighs on markets, yen jittery before G20

Asian stocks

Yields on U.S. Treasuries slid from 10-month highs on Thursday as investors shifted their money to assets seen as safe havens, pushing up bond prices.

With Japanese stocks rising on the yen's weakness, Japanese mutual funds saw the biggest monthly net inflow in 21 months in January as retail investors poured into money reserve funds after locking in profits from rising domestic stocks and equity funds, the Investment Trusts Association said on Thursday.

U.S. crude inched up 0.1 percent to $97.43 a barrel and Brent steadied around $117.98.

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