Asia Markets: Asian markets add to gains, led by Nikkei

The gains kept coming early Tuesday for Asia-Pacific stocks — at least those not Down Under.

Solid increases were being logged in a number of markets during morning trading after similar advances Monday. Japan, Hong Kong and Korea again took the lead, but China’s Shanghai Composite SHCOMP, -0.05% — Monday’s biggest gainer — was only modestly higher. Stocks Down Under lagged though, with benchmarks in Australia XJO, -0.31% and New Zealand NZ50GR, -0.42% the only two in the region lower.

Banks, along with factory-automation and nonferrous-metal stocks, led Japan’s Nikkei NIK, +0.98% 1% higher.

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