GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks hold gains; dollar dips on U.S. labor data, yuan surge

* Chinese numbers add to upbeat factory data in Europe, U.S. NEW YORK, Jan 5 (Reuters) – World stocks shrugged off weakness on Wall Street to cling to gains after hitting their highest level since mid-2015 on Thursday, bolstered by strong Chinese data that added to optimism about global growth and inflation. The dollar slipped against a basket of major currencies after U.S. inflation and unemployment data failed to reverse a downtrend that followed some of the biggest gains on record for China’s yuan.

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