Japanese stocks posted gains after the yen weakened, and the Ministry of Finance revealed that capital spending jumped 7.6 percent in the fourth quarter. This crushed expectations for a 6.5 percent contraction.
Here's how the markets look:
Japan's Nikkei 225 is up 0.37%
China's Shanghai Composite is up a modest 0.12%
Hong Kong's Hang Seng is down 0.48%
Australia's S&P/ASX 200 is down 0.67%
South Korea's Kospi is closed for a holiday.
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