Asian Shares Stable as Market Awaits Fed Decision on Thursday

Asian shares and the dollar inched higher on Tuesday but caution reigned after Wall Street skidded as investors awaited this week’s U.S. Federal Reserve policy decision.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.1 percent, after Wall Street logged losses, with U.S. trading volume at its lowest in a month as markets awaited the Fed outcome.

Japan’s Nikkei stock index .N225 rose 0.6 percent as investors awaited the outcome of the Bank of Japan’s two-day policy meeting later this session, as well as BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda’s post-meeting speech.

A few investors were betting that Japan’s central bank would muster additional easing measures. But the majority believe that the BOJ will simply warn of heightening global risks while holding off on actual stimulus, holding its fire in case the Fed’s long-awaited rate hike, whenever it comes, triggers a fresh wave of market turmoil.

via Reuters

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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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