Most Asian-Pacific markets declined Thursday but Japan's Nikkei 225 advanced 1.1% as strong machinery orders gave investors confidence that the nation's economic recovery is gathering strength. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index fell 0.4%. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 and South Korea's Kospi each slid 0.1%. China's Shanghai Composite fell 0.9%. India's Sensex was down 0.1%.

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