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Asia Markets: Stocks rise in Japan and China; most other major markets closed for holiday

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Markets in Japan and mainland China gained Friday, following another record day on Wall Street, as most other major global markets were closed for the Good Friday holiday.

Japan’s Nikkei 225
NIK,
+1.40%

rose 1.1%, with SoftBank
9984,
+4.32%

rising more than 3%. The Shanghai Composite
SHCOMP,
+0.43%

edged 0.4% higher, while the smaller-cap Shenzhen Composite
399106,
+1.00%

advanced 1%. South Korea’s Kospi
180721,
+0.57%

gained 0.7% and stocks inched higher in Malaysia
FBMKLCI,
+0.06%
.
Markets in Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore and Taiwan were closed for the holiday.

On Thursday, the S&P 500 index
SPX,
+1.18%

finished above 4,000 for the first time, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average
DJIA,
+0.52%

and the Nasdaq Composite
COMP,
+1.76%

each posted gains.

U.S. exchanges will be closed Friday, and bond trading will have an abbreviated day, closing at noon Eastern.

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