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Asian Markets Follow Oil Prices Higher

Markets in Hong Kong and China climbed Monday. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 1.7% to 22,685 and China's Shanghai Composite Index inched up 0.1% to end the day at 2,909. Japanese markets were closed today, taking a much-needed break to honor the vernal equinox marking the beginning of spring.

The Scariest Part of Soaring Oil Prices: Investors' Fears

Friday's market sell-off may have been more about paranoia than about real risk. Some JPMorgan calculations indicate that the potential impact of rising oil prices on the economy may be less than most investors think. But the fear factor itself also can't be overlooked.

Brent Crude Oil Nears $110 on Mideast Turmoil

Brent crude traded at $107.68 today as West Texas crude prices moved to $94.24. Oil prices don't immediately transfer to gasoline pump prices, but they surely have an impact as crude moves through refineries into finished products. AAA data showed gas prices hit an average of $3.171 last week across the U.S.