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Hong Kong - Asian markets fluctuated on Tuesday as all eyes turned to the first presidential debate between battling US presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

The two White House hopefuls, in a virtual dead heat in polls with barely six weeks before the November 8 election, took the stage in what was set to be the most watched US political event in years.

"The first of three US presidential candidate debates during today's Asia Pacific trading session will likely dominate action as markets search for the winner and their eventual economic policy stance," Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist in Sydney at CMC Markets, said in an email note.

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