| GEO Business|
| Asian markets mixed in early trading|
| Updated at: 0842 PST, Friday, March 26, 2010|
TOKYO: Asian markets were mixed in early trading Friday after renewed worries about Greece's debt problems led to a disappointing finish on Wall Street.
Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 stock average was up 71 points, or0.7 percent, at 10,898.16, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index opened down 62 points, or 0.8 percent, to 20,716.47. South Korea's Kospi slipped 0.3 percent to 1,686.57 and Australia's main index fell 0.7 percent to 4,853.20.
In Singapore, the benchmark Straits Times index was up 4 points to 2,892.43. Deflation continued in Japan as February consumer prices released Friday showed a decline for the 12th straight month in February.