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Markets Climb in Asia

Europe is mostly weaker.

Stocks were stronger overnight in Asia, but markets were generally weaker during Europe's trading sessions Wednesday.

Tokyo's Nikkei 225 edged ahead by 0.1% to 17,529, and Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.3% to 20,937.

China's CSI 300 Index was up 2.7% at 3700, while Taiwan's Taiex tacked on 0.2% to 7989. South Korea's Kospi advanced 0.7% to 1601, and Singapore's Straits Times Index added 0.8% to 3501.

Elsewhere, Australia's All Ordinaries Index was fractionally higher at 6301, and India's Sensex gained 1.4% to 14,127.

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Meanwhile, London's FTSE 100 was unchanged at 6568. Frankfurt's Xetra DAX eased 0.1% to 7496, and the Paris Cac 40 was down 0.1% at 6046.

The Swiss Market Index was off 0.1% at 9385, and Milan's MIB 30 shed 0.2% to 43,775. Stocks rose in Sweden, Norway and Finland.