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On Friday, Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 Index closed down 4.84 percent - recovering slightly from an earlier drop of over 5 percent - while Seoul's Kospi Composite Index ended the day down 6 percent.
The Nikkei 225 index options traded a total of 183,734 contracts in October, representing a six-fold increase on September's value, while SGX's AsiaClear clearing business volume grew to 17,873 contracts in October from 7,399 a year earlier, with significant growth in the number of energy swaps cleared.
The new product tracks the performance of the Nikkei 225 index over five years, and is available in sterling and US dollars.
Bear Stearn's bail-out and acquisition by rival JP Morgan Chase also hit Asian markets, with Hong Kong's Hang Seng down 5 per cent and Japan's Nikkei 225 index off 3.7 per cent.
Bank stocks across the board suffered one of their worst one-day falls in nearly four years, and the troubled banking sector led the Nikkei 225 index down below the 8,000 point mark and into the realms of a 20-year low.
While the move was expected to help businesses, Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index dropped even further - down another 42 points to a 16- year low.
69 Dec 1999 - - - Mar 2000 - - - (One unit: TOPIX times 10,000) Osaka Securities Exchange's Nikkei 225 Index Contract Close
The Nikkei 225 index soared 3.88 percent or 750.56 points to close at 20,077.62, while the broader Topix index was up 4.90 percent or 70.16 points at 1,501.63.
Japan's Nikkei 225 index added 0.3 percent to 17,234.42 while Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.4 percent to 23,481.02.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index advanced 0.50 percent, or 83.59 points, to 16,819.24 by the close, while the Topix index of all first section shares gained 0.57 percent, or 7.60 points, to end at 1,347.81.
The Nikkei 225 index was up 29.70 points at 14,962.99 at the start.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index closed up 174.67 points to 14,782.21, its best finish since late December 2007, while the Topix index of all first-section shares climbed 1.78 percent, or 21.60 points, to 1,232.20.