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Most Asian stock markets up, but Nikkei falls

6:10 AM, Apr 2, 2013   |    comments
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BANGKOK (AP) - A slowdown in U.S. factory activity kept gains modest in Asian stock markets today while Japan's Nikkei slipped as the yen rose against the dollar.

The Institute for Supply Management says U.S. manufacturing expanded more slowly in March than February, held back by weaker growth in production and new orders. Still, sentiment remained fairly resilient following the release Monday of reports showing that manufacturing picked up in China and that business sentiment improved in Japan last

Benchmark crude oil fell below $97 per barrel. The dollar fell against the euro and the yen.






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