MSCI's gauge of Asia Pacific stocks outside Japan was down 0.43%, with Australia's ASX 200 off 1.1% to an almost three-week low. China's CSI300 Index edged down 0.1%, as investors looked out for any news from a meeting of China's Communist Party leaders to set the next five-year plan. Data out earlier in the day also showed China's industrial profits grew at a slower pace in September, suggesting a recovery in the manufacturing sector is yet to be bedded-in.
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Semiconductor-related stocks in Asia-Pacific were watched on Friday after chipmaker Intel reported mixed quarterly numbers.