Asia Markets: Asian markets quietly cap mostly positive first quarter

Asian stocks began the last day of the quarter Friday little changed, after what has broadly been a strong start to 2017 for equities in the region amid worries over the global effect of issues such as potential U.S. protectionism.

The laggard has been Japan, which fell back into negative territory for the year after Thursday’s decline. But stocks there were handily outperforming in early trading Friday as the dollar continues to rebound against the yen.

While U.S. stocks rallied sharply into the end of 2016 following Donald Trump’s election win, that reaction wasn’t uniform throughout Asia. Japan stocks also rose strongly, but a number of regional markets marked time.

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