Stock markets across the Asian-Pacific region saw modest gains Friday, with takeover activity in the resource sector lifting Australian coal stocks. Japan's Nikkei 225 gained 0.3%, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 went up 0.2% and South Korea's Kospi Composite fell 0.5%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index jumped 1.6%, China's Shanghai Composite added 0.9% and New Zealand's NZX 50 inched up 0.1%. Taiwan's Taiex climbed 0.4%, while Singapore's Straits Times Index rose 0.2%, India's Sensex gained 1.3% and Thai shares shed 0.2% in late trading.
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