Japanese stocks jump to lead advances in Asian markets

12/15/2008 | MarketWatch

After falling 5.6% on Friday, Japan's Nikkei 225 Average jumped 5.2% on Monday to lead increases in Asian markets. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index climbed 2%, China's Shanghai Composite inched up 0.4% and Taiwan's Taiex rose 3%. Singapore's Straits Times Index advanced 2%, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 2.3% and South Korea's Kospi soared 4.9%. New Zealand's NZX 50 Index was little changed.

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