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Asia Markets: Asian markets mostly up after herky-jerky trading

It was a bit of a herky-jerky morning for Asian stocks, colored by currency swings, optimism about the Korean Peninsula and a fresh slump in oil prices. Stock indexes in a number of markets were already swinging between gains and losses, including Japan, Hong Kong and China.

The Nikkei NIK, +0.13% finished the morning with a 5.52-point drop as the yen weakened and then rebounded. Meanwhile, benchmarks in South Korea SEU, +0.74% and Taiwan Y9999, +0.42% were higher throughout the morning.

Airlines and electronics stocks helped the Nikkei start on the right foot; ANA 9202, +2.18% was 2.2% higher.

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