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    Asian stock indexes made firm gains Thursday, with the exception of the Shanghai Composite Index, boosted by financial and technology stocks with Japan, South Korea and Australia all closing stronger.

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    Asian markets moved forward Wednesday, with high-tech exporters buoyed by a reassuring outlook from industry leader Intel and energy shares underpinned by record high oil prices. Japan and Australia both closed over 1 percent higher

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    Asian markets wavered between losses and gains Tuesday, but closed broadly higher, as oil and gold prices gained. The U.S. dollar struggled to attract buyers due to signs of a weak earnings season for banks, which could expose yet more subprime losses and punish stocks worldwide.

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    Asian markets dropped sharply Monday as a nasty earnings surprise from General Electric and a 26-year low in U.S. consumer sentiment drowned out the Group of Seven nation's support for the U.S. dollar.  Japan shed 3% while China was down over 5%.

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    Asian stocks rose Friday, with Japan's Nikkei closing almost 3 percent higher, led by chipmakers on expectations a slump in the sector may soon end, while oil prices retreated after testing a record high above $112 a barrel.

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    Asian markets closed mixed Thursday while the U.S. dollar remained weak on concerns about the impact of a credit crisis on the global economy and as record oil prices fuel inflation worries.

  • Asian markets took a turn into negative territory while the U.S. dollar stayed weak Wednesday as worries resurfaced about the economy and a global financial crisis.  Japan closed 1.1% lower.

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    South Koreans vote on Wednesday for a new parliament, widely expected to give conservatives the majority that new President Lee Myung-bak needs to push through his plans for sweeping change to revitalize the economy.

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    Most Asian markets sagged Tuesday, led by financials as news of a possible capital injection at Washington Mutual failed to eliminate concerns about more bank writedowns.

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    Hynix Semiconductor, the world's second-biggest memory chip maker, said on Tuesday it had "marginally" raised the contract price for its computer memory chips for early April and expected further gains.

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    Asian markets rose Monday, with resource companies benefiting from stronger metals and oil prices, while the dollar rose, shrugging off worse-than-expected U.S. job losses. But concerns about the impact of the credit crisis on the financial system lingered, driving banking shares lower. Japan closed over 1 percent higher.

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    Asian markets closed near one-month highs Friday, with investors trading cautiously ahead of U.S. jobs report that is expected to raise fresh concerns that the economy is closer to a recession. Japan finished lower, but South Korea and Australia closed almost unchanged.

  • South Korea's economy is estimated to have grown nearly 6 percent in the first quarter of this year over a year earlier but faces difficulty in the current quarter, a senior Finance Ministry official said on Friday.

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    Asian stocks rose to their highest in a month Thursday as a rally in gold and oil lifted resource shares. Japan and Australia both finished over 1% higher.

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    Markets surged Wednesday after a Lehman Brothers securities offering in the U.S. met strong demand, raising hopes in Asia that the worst of the credit crisis might be over. Japan closed over 4% higher, while Australia and South Korea both added 2%.

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    Asian stocks closed mixed Tuesday as markets pared back gains ahead of a raft of economic indicators due out this week. Investors are wary over the prospect of a serious global economic slowdown.

  • South Korean exports in March rose more than expected and by their fastest annual pace in five months, data showed on Tuesday, soothing concerns that a slowing U.S. economy was denting demand for the country's goods.

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    Asian markets ended mostly weaker Monday, heading for their worst quarterly performance in over five years. Japan finished down over 2 percent, but South Korea and Australia managed to eke out slight gains after treading lower for most of the session.

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    Asian markets closed firmly higher Friday, despite a weak start to trading, with Chinese stocks jumping nearly 5 percent. Gains were all the more impressive given Wall Street's fall.

  • South Korea's current account deficit narrowed in February from the previous month as the goods account swung to surplus, central bank data showed on Friday.