Asian stocks closed mixed on Tuesday, as the Asia-Pacific region continues to reel from the sudden death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.
Seoul's KOSPI ( EWY , quote ) rebounded 0.91% from yesterday's session, which ended with a 3.43% drop. The South Korean won also showed new life, selling for 1,169.4 to the dollar, a gain of 0.46% after it hit a 10-week low on Monday.
Samsung Electronics gained 0.5% after dipping 3.6% yesterday.
Olympus was the biggest percentage gainer on the Nikkei, jumping 16%, after it was reported to be considering a capital injection of $1.3 billion, with Sony and Fujifilm as possible buyers.
Australian stocks ( EWA , quote ) dipped 0.17% and Singaporean shares ( EWS , quote ) fell 0.14%. Chinese shares ( YAO , quote ) dropped 0.10%. Japanese shares, however, ( EWJ , quote ) rebounded 0.49%.
While Asian investors started to refocus on Europe's debt crisis Tuesday, European stocks were lifted during morning trading as the Munich-based Ifo think tank raised its business climate index for Germany, the euro zone's largest economy.
Asian and European currencies appreciated against the dollar. China's yuan rose 0.13% to 6.3459 to the dollar. The British pound increased 0.82% to $1.5631. Meanwhile, the euro rebounded 0.62% to $1.308.