Asian-Pacific markets closed out the month higher, and were up Friday despite a stall in "fiscal cliff" talks in the U.S. Japan's Nikkei 225 was up 0.5%. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.6%. South Korea's Kospi edged up 0.1%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.5%. China's Shanghai Composite rose 0.9%. Taiwan's Taiex advanced 1%. India's Sensex was up 0.9% at mid-afternoon.

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