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Asia's Markets Gain Ground

Europe is also generally stronger.

Stocks were mainly higher in Europe Tuesday, but broad equity measures in Austria, Greece and Iceland were laggards.

London's FTSE 100 was up 0.5% at 6346, and Frankfurt's Xetra DAX was fractionally better at 6876. The Paris CAC 40 slipped 0.1% to 5676, while Milan's MIB 30 gave up 0.1%.

The Prague Stock Exchange Index, rising 1.4% to 1718, and Estonia's OMX Tallinn Index, up 1.7% to 1043, were the outperformers of the day.

Most of Asia's markets were stronger, but the Jakarta Composite Index surrendered 0.4% and India's BSE Sensex fell 0.3%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 1% to 20,655, and Tokyo's Nikkei 225 was ahead by 0.4% at 17,407.

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China, Taiwan and South Korea closed to the upside.

In other markets, Brazil's Bovespa Stock Index lost 0.3% to 45,149, and Mexico's Bolsa was edging up 0.2% to 27,988.