Asia stocks rise; metals fly on manufacturing bets


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Bull statues are placed in font of screens showing the Hang Seng stock index and stock prices outside Exchange Square, in Hong Kong By Tom Westbrook SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Industrial metals prices extended their gains on Tuesday with expectations of a worldwide manufacturing rebound, while Asian shares crept up a little more cautiously ahead of this week's U.S. inflation data and a crucial European Central Bank meeting. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.2%. Japan's Nikkei rose 0.6%. Shanghai copper futures were up 1% at a two-year high and have gained more than 10% in a month....