A slide in the price of crude oil gave most Asian markets a boost Monday, but Shanghai stocks extended their losses on concerns about the economic slowdown and rising inflation. The Shanghai Composite in China fell 1.1% after plunging 4.5% on Friday. The Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong gained 1.4%, the Nikkei 225 Average in Tokyo climbed 1.7% and South Korea's Kospi added 1.2%. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.4%, New Zealand's NZX 50 index edged up 0.5% and Singapore's Straits Times index was little changed.
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