Asia Markets: Australia caps a sunny quarter in mostly mixed Asia-Pacific stock action

Asia-Pacific stocks were mixed on Friday, the last trading day of an up-and-down second quarter.

Australian stocks emerged as stars with June’s outperformance, allowing Australia’s key index XJO, -0.33% to hit levels last seen at the start of 2008 and New Zealand’s benchmark NZ50GR, -0.62% to log a series of record closing highs. Both gave up early Friday gains to close lower for the session, but the move did little to tarnish the quarter.

Japan’s Nikkei NIK, +0.15% rose 0.2% after mixed trading Friday, as it barely gained for June but avoided logging a fourth monthly drop out of the past five.

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