A woman pedals pasts an electronic stock board outside a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. Asian stock markets fell Friday after the latest data on U.S. housing dimmed ho

 

              A woman pedals pasts an electronic stock board outside a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. Asian stock markets fell Friday after the latest data on U.S. housing dimmed ho
A woman pedals pasts an electronic stock board outside a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. Asian stock markets fell Friday after the latest data on U.S. housing dimmed hopes of improvement in an industry that is crucial to recovery in the world's No. 1 economy. Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 0.9 percent to 8,973.97. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)