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Shares in Asia show mixed performance

On Friday, Asian shares demonstrated mixed performance with traders waiting for word from the BOJ on the scope for further monetary easing.  

The Nikkei 225 soared 0.24% ahead of the latest monetary policy review by the BOJ, while the S&P/ASX index headed north 0.04%.

In China, stocks dipped even as financial experts told that the banking regulator's proposals to restrict investment in equities across wealth-management products will have rather a limited effect on money flowing into the stock market.

The Shanghai Composite Index edged down 0.14%, while in Hong Kong the Hang Seng Index last traded at 0.52%.

Overnight, American shares mostly stood still on Thursday, being in tight, range-bound trade, because a downbeat quarter from Ford Motor Company as well as ongoing drops in crude prices compensated momentum from decent results in the technology sector on the busiest day of second quarter earnings season.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average sagged 15.82, showing a 0.09% dip and hitting 18,456.35. 

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