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** ASIAN MARKETS **
Nikkei 1,53%; Kospi 0,76%; HSI -0,08%; Taiwan 1,24%; China 0%; India 1,42%; Thailand 0,61%; Australia 0,67%

** TRADING HEADLINES **
- Sony Reports Record Quarterly Profit on Sales of Flat-Screen Televisions
- Asian Stocks Rise for Third Day, Led by Mitsubishi UFJ; Japan’s Sony Gains
- Taiwan Semiconductor Profit Rises 53 Percent to Record on Chips for Games
- Hyundai Motor’s Fourth-Quarter Profit Rises 63 Percent on Overseas Demand
- Korean Air’s Fourth-Quarter Profit Falls 84 Percent on Fuel Costs, Strike
- Japan’s Imports, Exports Jump to Records in December as Growth Accelerates
- Yen Advances After Report Indicates Japanese Investors Sell Overseas Bonds
- Toyota, Nissan and Honda’s 2005 Output Reaches Record on Overseas Demand
- U.S., South Korea Close to Starting Formal Free-Trade Talks, Official Says

Source: Asia: Closing Wrap