Asian shares steady, dollar weak as traders await earnings

 Asian shares steady, dollar weak as traders await earnings

A man wearing a protective face mask, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, talks on his mobile phone in front of a screen showing the Nikkei index outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

HONG KONG, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Asian shares started steady on Monday ahead of a week packed with major quarterly earnings announcements, while the dollar hovered near October lows after three weeks of risk-friendly sentiment hurt safe-haven currencies.

HSBC (HSBA.L) and Facebook (FB.O) will both publish quarterly results on Monday, in Asian trading and late U.S. hours respectively.

Later in the week will be the turn of other benchmark heavyweights including tech giants Microsoft (MSFT.O) , Apple (AAPL.O) and Alphabet (GOOGL.O), and European and Asian financial behemoths from Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) and Lloyds (LLOY.L) to China Construction Bank and Nomura (8604.T).

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