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Asia Markets: Asia-Pacific markets pick up speed despite delay on U.S. health-care bill

Investors in Asia-Pacific equities regained some risk appetite Friday, despite a delay in Donald Trump’s attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, as regional markets maintained cautious optimism ahead of a planned final vote.

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 XJO, +0.80% rose 1.1% earlier. Elsewhere, Japan’s Nikkei Stock Average NIK, +0.93% added 0.6%, Korea’s Kospi SEU, -0.17% was flat and Singapore’s Straits Times STI, +0.56% was 0.1% higher. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index HSI, -0.08% was up 0.4%.

Trading has been choppy for much of the week, with sentiment turning on political drivers in the face of few data releases.

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