Tokyo's Nikkei 225 Average climbed 1.3% during a half-day session today that brought 2008 to a close. The market will reopen Monday. Meanwhile, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.3%, New Zealand's NZX 50 Index inched up 0.1% and South Korea's Kospi advanced 1.7%. Singapore's Straits Times Index slid 0.6%, Taiwan's Taiex soared 3.2% and China's Shanghai Composite rose 0.1%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index was up 0.8%, and the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index gained 1.4%.

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