Asian-Pacific markets gain, led by bank and tech stocks

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Stock markets advanced Wednesday in Asia-Pacific, boosted by strong first-quarter earnings from computer maker Dell. Japan's Nikkei 225 gained 1%, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 edged up 0.2% and South Korea's Kospi Composite rose 1.6%. Kong's Hang Seng Index added 0.5%, while Taiwan's Taiex and China's Shanghai Composite climbed 0.7%. New Zealand's NZX 50 was flat. In afternoon trading, Singapore's Straits Times Index inched up 0.1%, Indonesian shares were 1% higher and Thailand's SET dropped 1.3%. Full story here