Asian shares gained on Tuesday, taking heart from Nasdaq's fresh high, while gold prices took back some lost ground after plunging more than 4 per cent to five-year lows in the previous session. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was last up about 0.4 per cent, after wavering between positive and negative territory for much of early trading. China stocks .SSEC extended gains as government rescue measures appear to have restored some stability to trading. Japan's Nikkei share index .N225 ended up 0.9 per cent. Spot gold XAU= added about 0.5 per cent on the day to $1,102.40 an ounce. The dollar jumped to its highest since April 23 against a basket of major currencies .DXY, and was last up about 0.1 per cent on the day at 98.111. The euro edged down slightly on the day to $1.0815 EUR=EBS. The dollar added about 0.1 per cent against the yen to buy 124.43 JPY=EBS, according to Reuters.