Nyshka Chandran writes the Asia-Pacific stock market updates for CNBC.com. She previously worked as a content writer in Toronto after graduating from the University of Toronto, where she majored in Political Science.
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Asian stock markets moved off session highs on Friday to end mixed with the Nikkei leading gains by 1.4 percent after its stunning 5 percent dive in the previous session. Sentiment improved after latest U.S. data eased concerns of an early end to the Federal Reserve's bond-buying program.
Japan's benchmark index skidded below the 14,000 mark to a one-month low on Thursday, weighed down by a strengthening yen and volatile Japanese government bond yields (JGBs). The session brought the benchmark's total losses to 14 percent since last Thursday's plunge.
Japan's benchmark stock index closed higher on Tuesday after three days of extreme volatility. The Nikkei managed to stabilize after a shaky morning session, which saw the index zigzag between gains and losses after shedding 1 percent at the open.
China's benchmark index out-performed the broader Asian market for a second straight session on Friday as investors cheered moves by the government to ease strict regulation while the rest of Asia's equity markets traded cautiously as concerns grew over a U.S. Federal Reserve exit from quantitative easing.