* Asian stock markets: https://tmsnrt.rs/2zpUAr4
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* World FX rates http://tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh
By Hideyuki Sano
TOKYO, April 16 (Reuters) – A batch of Chinese and U.S. economic data helped underpin global stocks near record highs on Friday, as investors priced in a solid global recovery from the coronavirus-induced slump.
In Asia, markets were largely steady after China reported a sharp acceleration in first quarter growth, though the reading slightly undershot expectations while retail sales bounced strongly last month.
Shanghai shares dipped 0.2% while the Chinese yuan eased.
Analysts said the China data did little to change expectations of a strong recovery and further policy tightening to curb any excesses in property investments.
“Property investments were weaker but that’s no surprise given policy makers have been tightening loans to the sector while consumption is continuing a…