Asia opens mixed; Nikkei down 0.7%, Kospi up 0.2%

Asia markets opened mixed on Thursday, ahead of another earnings-heavy day and the start of the Bank of Japan's (BOJ) two-day policy meeting.

Australia's ASX 200 was up 0.27 percent, with the materials sub-index advancing 1.12 percent in early trade. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 dropped 0.7 percent, while the Topix fell 0.87 percent. Across the Korean Strait, the Kospi was up 0.15 percent.

The Nikkei reported the main options were to cut interest rates beyond the current level of negative 0.1 percent, buy more Japanese government bonds on top of the current 80 trillion yen annually, or expand purchases of other assets such as exchange-traded funds.

Major US indexes closed mixed on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average near flat at 18,472.17. The S&P 500 index closed 2.6 points lower, or 0.12 percent, at 2,166.58, while the Nasdaq composite was up 29.76 points, or 0.58 percent, at 5,139.81.

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