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Asian stocks plunge as coronavirus deaths and infections continue to rise

Samsung Electronics falls after net income lags behind estimates

HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian shares outside of Japan plunged Thursday on rising concerns over the economic impact of the coronavirus and its spread beyond China.

The Nikkei Asia300 index of companies outside Japan fell 2.6% to 1,331.26. Heavyweight Samsung Electronics dropped 3.2% after its net income for the December quarter missed estimates of analysts polled by Bloomberg. The company earlier this month had reported preliminary operating profit and sales numbers. Samsung's peer SK Hynix dipped 4%.

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