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Review: Asian stocks firm on solid U.S. data

Asian equities were virtually unchanged on Thursday, supported by impressive U.S. data, despite uncertainty about the influence of recent hurricanes on the num.1 world economy.

Japan's Nikkei Stock Average was nearly flat in early trade at 20,619.

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 advanced 0.2%.

Stock exchanges in Hong Kong, South Korea and mainland China are closed due to public holidays.

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