Stock markets across the Asia-Pacific region closed mixed Thursday, after major US indexes finished at fresh record highs on the back of trade talks optimism and expectations of monetary policy easing. The Nikkei 225 gained 0.3%; the ASX 200 added 0.5% to a new 11-1/2-year high; and the Kospi rose 0.6%. Meanwhile, the Shanghai Composite fell 0.3%.