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Benchmark oil rose to nearly $100 per barrel and the dollar fell against the euro but was steady against the yen.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 index gained 1.1 percent to 8,479.24 and South Korea’s Kospi index edged up 0.2 percent at 1,867.17. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 was 0.4 percent higher at 4,195.90. Benchmarks in Singapore, Indonesia, India and Malaysia also rose.

But shares in Hong Kong and mainland China dipped following the release Thursday of Chinese inflation data that showed rising prices eased only slightly in December, to 4.1 percent from 4.2 percent in November. Analysts had hoped to see more improvement.

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