Asian markets gain on higher energy stocks (AP)

Japanese visitors applaud during a ceremony to mark the end of this year's trading at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Tuesday morning, Dec. 30, 2008. The benchmark Nikkei Stock Average rose 112.39 points, or 1.28 percent, from Monday to 8,859.56 in the half-day session. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)AP – Most Asian stock markets rose Tuesday as a jump in oil prices boosted energy stocks, with Japan’s Nikkei index eking out a modest gain in the last session of a year that was the worst on record for that country’s stocks.

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