Concern about the U.S. foreclosure crisis has spread to the Asian-Pacific region, where most major markets were down Friday. Japan's Nikkei 225 gave up 0.9%, while New Zealand's NZX 50 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 closed 0.2% lower. South Korea's Kospi Composite inched up 0.1%, China's Shanghai Composite surged 3.2% and Taiwan's Taiex inched down 0.1%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index lost 0.4%, while Singapore's Straits Times Index gained 0.5% and India's Sensex lost 1.1% in afternoon trading.

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