Asian markets were generally higher Monday, but gains were checked by slightly worse than expected economic data out of China while Japanese shares surged again on a weaker yen. The Nikkei ended the day 1.20% higher at 14,782.21, the Kospi rose 0.20% to 1,948.70 and the S&P/ASX edged up 0.08% to 5,210.30 while the Hang Seng fell 1.42% to 22,989.81.

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