Asian markets mixed in quiet holiday trade (AP)

The building that houses the office of Access International Advisors, co-founded by Thierry de la Villehuchet of France, on Madison Avenue in New York. US authorities have been investigating the apparent suicide Villehuchet, who lost more than a billion dollars in Wall Street titan Bernard Madoff's alleged pyramid scheme, as the widening scandal took a tragic turn.(AFP/File/Stan Honda)AP – Asian markets were mixed in quiet holiday trade Friday as investors picked up beaten-down shares despite new evidence that companies and consumers alike were struggling as the global economy slumps.

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