Asian Equities Weaker after Japan Releases

Asian equities opened slightly weaker on Friday, despite overnight gains on Wall Street and as investors digested a raft of Japanese economic data.

U.S. stocks rose after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank would probably continue tapering its asset purchases while tracking data to figure how much recent softness in the economy is due to the weather.

The blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 advanced 0.5 percent, with the latter hitting a record close of 1,854. The tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 0.6 percent.


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