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Asian Markets End Higher

Asian markets ended higher Friday.

The Nikkei gained 1.9%. The Shanghai Composite and the Hang Seng both added 1.7%. The Sensex rose 1% and the All Ordinaries put on 0.8%.

Then yen weakened, boosting exporter shares in Japan, after Federal Vice-Chairwoman Janet Yellen said there are dangers to ending the apex bank's stimulus measures too early.

Stocks on the Move

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial and Mizuho were up 2% and 1.9% each, respectively.

In exporters, index heavyweight Sony was up 3.4%. Toyota accelerated 1.1% while Advantest was up 2.5%. Fujitsu added 4.2%.

Chinese stocks gained on market talk the government would release plans for significant reforms to state-owned enterprises. CNOOC climbed 2% in Hong Kong while Sinopec was up 3%.

Banks were mostly over 2% higher each while in resources, Jiangxi Copper strengthened 1%.

In Mumbai, the top gainer was Tata Motors, up 5.5%. The stock extended gains for the fourth straight session. It had fallen 10% to Rupees 360 from its record high of Rupees 401 in intra-day trade on November 6. India's largest auto maker beat analysts’ estimates to report its first quarterly gain in four quarters.

Tata Steel also extended gains after forecast-beating results, up 4.6%.

ICICI Bank and M&M gained 3.6% and 3.4% each, respectively.

BHP Billiton edged up 0.2% in Sydney while BlueScope Steel strengthened 4.4%. In banks, ANZ and NAB were up about 1.5% each.

Wesfarmers picked up 1.2% while David Jones was up 0.7%.