Trading in Australia and Hong Kong resumed Tuesday as most Asian markets advanced on gains in the financial sector. Automakers were hit by profit-taking to drag down the Japanese index, with the Nikkei 225 giving up 0.9%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index soared 4.6%, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 2.2%. New Zealand's NZX 50 climbed 1.1%, South Korea's Kospi inched up 0.3% and Taiwan's Taiex climbed 0.5%. Markets in India and Thailand were closed for holidays.
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