Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 3.5% Friday, leading gains among most Asian-Pacific markets. Economic data suggested that the Japanese economy is gaining momentum and in the U.S., Federal Reserve officials gave assurances that stimulus policies won't be shut down any time soon. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 1.8%. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 slid 0.2%. China's Shanghai Composite gained 1.5%. South Korea's Kospi added 1.6%. India's Sensex was up 2.9%.
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