Most Asian-Pacific markets posted gains Friday on the heels of a good Wall Street close and comments from Russia viewed by many as conciliatory. Japan's Nikkei 225 was flat. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 0.6%. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 moved up 0.3%. China's Shanghai Composite grew 0.9%. Financial markets in South Korea and India were closed for holidays.

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