Thin trading volume leads to mixed Asian markets

11/17/2008 | MarketWatch

Markets across Asia ended today mixed, with investors in Japan shrugging off recession news to erase early declines. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 Average fell almost 3% before bouncing back to close up 0.7%, while the broader Topix index climbed 0.4%. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index slid 0.1%, and the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index fell 0.8%. The Shanghai Composite on mainland China gained 2.2%, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 lost 2.5%, and South Korea's Kospi and New Zealand's NZX 50 index each inched down 0.9%.

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