Asian markets mixed, Nikkei 225 gains 60.54 percent

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Asian markets mixed, Nikkei 225 gains 60.54 percent

SYDNEY, NSW, Australia-Shares in Asia were mixed on Wednesday. The size of most moves was unremarkable, except for the Hang Seng in Hong Kong.

The Hang Seng dropped 262.43 points or 1.26 percent to 20,643. 45.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 gained 60.54 points or 0.22 percent to 22,715. 75.

China's Shanghai Composite was flat, dipping just 1.68 points or 0.05 percent to 3,275. 76.

The Australian All Ordinaries added 12.90 points or 0.18 percent to 7,038. 10.

In New Zealand, the S&P NZX 50 lost 31.53 points or 0.28 percent to 11,135. 03.

South Korea's Kospi Composite increased by 2.57 points or 0.11 percent to 2,415. 53.

The U.S. dollar was mixed on foreign exchange markets. The euro was still weak at 1.0136, but it didn't change much at all. The British pound was trading in a tight range around 1.2056. The Japanese yen was weakened a bit to 136.90. The Swiss franc was down to 0.9618.

The Canadian dollar rose to 1.2854. The Australian and New Zealand dollars were just 0.6939 and 0.6232, respectively.

The Nasdaq Composite fell by 220.09 points or 1.87 percent over the night on Wall Street. 56.

The Standard and Poor's 500 dropped 45.80 points or 1.15 percent to 3,921. 04.

The Dow Jones industrials fell 228.50 points or 0.71 percent to 31,761. 54.