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Hong Kong - Asian markets limped into the weekend, with energy firms still struggling after a bruising few days, while investors eye Donald Trump's revised healthcare bill hoping its success will open the way for his economic agenda.

Crude enjoyed a rare positive day on Thursday after hefty selling that sent it to a 10-month low, but the gains were small change as concerns over a global supply glut and US production overshadow output cuts by OPEC and Russia.

The sharp losses - oil is down around 25% from its recent highs seen in January - has bloodied energy firms and, despite another pick-up in the commodity, they continue to struggle.

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