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By Lisa Twaronite TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares edged up and sterling stood close to its peak for the year on Thursday, as financiers were cautiously positive that British voters would opt to remain in the European Union at a mandate later in the session. 2 opinion polls published late on Wednesday, a few hours before voters were due to begin to cast their votes, showed the “Remain” camp acquiring momentum in the carefully divided project. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan () edged up 0.2 percent in early trading, shrugging off modest overnight losses on Wall Street. Japan’s Nikkei share average () rose 0.3 percent. “Markets seem to have nearly completely priced in a ‘Remain’ vote win, implying that the marketplace moves and volatility around the vote may be far less than numerous had been expected,” composed Angus Nicholson, market analyst at IG in Melbourne. “However, markets are still unbelievably nervous and some sharp market moves are most likely over the next 24 Hr,” he stated. (Latest Reuters news on the mandate, consisting of complete multimedia coverage:-RRB- Sterling rose to $1.4847, its greatest versus the dollar in 2016, and was last up 0.6 percent at $1.4798. The viewed safe-haven yen also slipped on declining worries of the market turmoil that would likely follow if Britain were to pull out of the EU. The dollar added 0.2 percent to 104.69 yen, while the euro gained 0.5 percent to 118.54 yen (). The euro rose 0.2 percent to $1.1322, while the, which tracks the greenback versus a basket of 6 rival currencies, slipped 0.1 percent to 93.582 (). On the U.S. data front, house resales rose to a more than nine-year high last month against a background of historically low mortgage rates, contributing to recent upbeat second quarter information. Petroleum costs rose after calming down more than 1 percent on Wednesday after the United States federal government reported a smaller-than-expected stock drawdown. [O/R] Brent () included 0.7 percent to $50.23 a barrel after shedding 1.5 percent on Wednesday, while U.S. crude () was up 0.8 percent at $49.53 after giving up 1.4 percent in the previous session. plumbed a two-week low of $1,260.36 an ounce and was last down 0.4 pct at $1,261.24. Disclaimer: Blend Media want to remind you that the data contained in this website is not always real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not supplied by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so costs might not be precise and might vary from the real market price, suggesting prices are indicative and not proper for trading functions. For that reason Fusion Media does n`t bear any obligation for any trading losses you may sustain as an outcome of using this data. Blend Media or anyone included with Blend Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the info including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals consisted of within this site. Please be totally notified concerning the threats and costs related to trading the monetary markets, it is among the riskiest investment kinds possible.