Asian stocks were poised for a strong start to the week after U.S. markets jumped on the back of expectation-topping employment data.

On Friday, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 1.77 percent, or 440.53 points, to close at 25,335.74 and the S&P 500 rose 1.74 percent to end at 2,786.57.

The Nasdaq composite surged 1.79 percent to close at 7,560.81, with the index hitting both intraday and closing highs.

Data released on Friday showed that the U.S. economy added 313,000 jobs last month, above a forecast of 200,000 in a Reuters poll. Wage growth, however, rose 2.6 percent on an annualized basis, coming in below expectations.

The solid job creation numbers and lower-than-expected wage growth eased worries about the Federal Reserve’s rate hike trajectory.

“Fears of four rate hikes from the Fed this year have receded while risk sentiment is back firmly in the ascendancy — for now at least,” Ray Attrill, head of FX strategy at National Australia Bank, wrote in a morning note.

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