Asian-Pacific stocks mostly closed lower Monday, after a poor performance Friday by the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 2.3%, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 lost 2.2% and South Korea's Kospi Composite declined 1.4%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index slipped 0.6%, New Zealand's NZX 50 dropped 1% and Taiwan's Taiex inched down 0.1%. Meanwhile, China's Shanghai Composite jumped 2.7%.
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