Article Photos: Asia stocks rise as US employment claims dip 2/5

An investor gestures as he looks at the stock price monitor at a private securities company Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Shanghai, China. Asian stock markets rose Wednesday as investors became increasingly convinced that U.S. political leaders will reach a budget deal that avoids a major hit to the world's No. 1 economy. Chinese shares soared on hopes for more stimulus measures. (AP Photo)