Asia Mixed; ASX up 0.1, Kospi up 0.2%, Nikkei down 0.2%
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Asian markets were mixed in early trade on Friday, with a slew of earnings and data due throughout the session, as well the Bank of Japan's (BOJ) keenly awaited monetary policy decision.
Australia's ASX 200 index traded up 0.12 percent, with the energy and material sub-indexes dropping in early trade. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 was down 0.23 percent, while the Topix was down 0.29 percent. Across the Korean Strait, the Kospi was up 0.15 percent.
Sony, Mazda Motor and Panasonic are among the companies releasing earnings on Friday.
US stocks Closed mostly higher on Thursday, with the Nasdaq composite closing up 15.17 points, or 0.3 percent, at 5,154.98, its highest level of the year so far, helped by gains in major tech names such as Facebook and Amazon closing more than 1 percent higher each.
The Dow Jones industrial average closed near flat at 18,456.35, while the S&P 500 index closed 3.48 points higher, or 0.16 percent, at 2,170.06.
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