Among individual stocks, Japan's Panasonic Corp. fell 5.4 percent while Sony Corp. plummeted 10.1 percent. The struggling electronics giant reported a 10.7 billion yen ($115 million) loss for the October-December quarter on Thursday.South Korea's Samsung Electronics rose 3 percent. Australia's Newcrest Mining advanced 5 percent.
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