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Asia shares mixed, most markets closed for Lunar New Year

Feb 05, 2019 - Associated Press

BANGKOK (AP) - Shares were lower in most of the markets open in Asia on Tuesday, though much of the region took a break for the Lunar New Year.

Australia's benchmark surged 2.1 percent to 6,017.20 following a report on a probe into banking malpractices that was less severe than anticipated.

The lackluster trading followed a day of gains on Wall Street as buying of technology companies outweighed losses in health care, materials and utilities stocks.

Markets in mainland China ar...