Asian Markets Close Higher Ahead of FOMC

Asian shares reversed earlier losses to trade higher on Wednesday despite some big falls in US shares on Wall Street.

US shares were depressed by some disappointing company results, with big companies such as Microsoft and DuPont being hit by the stronger dollar.

But in Japan, the Nikkei 225 closed up 0.2% at 17,795.73 – its highest since 29 December – on expectations of strong company earnings.

The dollar was barely unchanged at 117.92 yen from 117.90 yen in US trade.

Sony shares rose 2.7% after reports said it planned to cut about 1,000 more jobs in its struggling smartphone division.

Chinese markets were mixed, with the Shanghai Composite dropping 1.4% to 3,305.74 while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index closed 0.2% higher at 24,861.81.

Australian shares closed higher after data showed that consumer inflation rose at its slowest annual pace in two and half years in the fourth quarter as fuel prices plunged.

However, core inflation increased by 0.7% which was above expectations and economists say there is a diminishing chance of an interest rate cut by the Australian central bank.

via BBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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