The Nikkei 225 Stock Average added 0.3% to 11,792.3 at the 3 pm close in Tokyo. South Koreas Kospi index climbed 1.3% for its first two-day advance in three weeks. The dollar rose to a four-month high against the yen and gained for a third day against the won. Pakistans benchmark fell 3.2%, its eighth day of declines. Indexes in all other markets open for trading fell, except for Malaysias Kuala Lumpur Composite Index.
The Morgan Stanley Capital International Asia-Pacific Index, which measures more than 900 stocks in the region and is denominated in dollars, lost 0.3%. Markets in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong were closed for a holiday.
Honda, Japans third-largest carmaker, climbed 1.1% to 5,480 yen. The company gets 80% of its operating profit from the US. Samsung Electronics, South Koreas largest exporter, rose 1% to 510,000 won.
Samsung gets about 70% of its sales from overseas, according to Bae Seung-Chul, a technology analyst at Samsung Securities Company Hyundai Motor Company, the nations largest automaker, gained 2.1% to 57,400 won. The dollar rose to a four-month high at 106.98 yen in Asian trading, up 0.6% from its close on March 25. The won fell for a third day against the dollar, declining 0.3% to 1,016.85.
March 28: US stock-index futures gained as crude oil futures fell, easing concern that higher energy prices will slow economic growth. SunGard Data Systems Inc, whose software handles about 70% of all Nasdaq Stock Market trades, surged after seven buyout firms agreed to acquire the company for $11.3 billion in the worlds largest leveraged takeover since 1989.