Asia markets mostly down after US losses

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Hong Kong - Asian markets mostly turned lower on Thursday following a rare drop for this month on Wall Street, with concerns about Italy's banking sector denting confidence.

With dealers winding down for the Christmas break business is thinning, making swings sharper while profit-takers close in after the recent global rally.

Trading floors from Asia to the Americas have been humming since Donald Trump last month won the US presidential election, with dealers betting his big-spending, tax-cutting policies will ramp up growth in the world's top economy.

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