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Tokyo shares end lower, eyes on BoJ and Fed TOKYO: Tokyo's benchmark share index ended lower on Tuesday as markets focused on US and Japanese central bank meetings, with Takata diving on reports some potential bidders are mulling bankruptcy proceedings for it.The Bank of Japan heads Tuesday into a two-day policy meeting, with investors unsure about its plans for monetary policy after more than three years of stimulus failed to boost growth and inflation.The bank will announce its decision hours before the Federal Reserve winds up its own gathering, with opinion split on whether it will raise interest rates."We don't know what awaits, with both the US and Japanese monetary policy meetings ahead of us," Hiroyasu Iida, the head of investment research centre at Aizawa securities, told Bloomberg News."It's difficult to buy into the market when you don't know what will happen."Chris Weston, chief market analyst in Melbourne at IG, added that "no one is prepared to take on ...

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Asian traders tread carefully ahead of bank decisions HONG KONG: Asian stocks markets drifted Tuesday and the dollar was virtually unmoved with investors biding their time as crucial central bank gatherings in the United States and Japan kick off.The Fed heads into one of its most keenly awaited policy meetings after weeks of speculation that has fanned volatility across global trading floors, with investors split on whether it will lift interest rates.At the same time opinion is divided on what the Bank of ...

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South Korea stocks, won steady as investors await Fed, BOJ decisions SEOUL: South Korean shares and the won were steady in early trades on Tuesday as investors stayed on the sidelines ahead of central bank policy decisions in Japan and the United States.The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) was nearly unchanged at 2,015.52 as of 0222 GMT.The won was down 0.1 percent at 1,119.1, compared with Monday's close of 1,118.1.Both the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan's September meeting results will be out ...

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China stocks dip, property outperforms; HK flat as Fed, BOJ awaited SHANGHAI: China stocks stepped back in thin trading on Tuesday morning, with upbeat home price data bolstering the property sector in an otherwise sluggish market.Hong Kong stocks were roughly flat as investors were cautious before central bank policy meetings in the United States and Japan.Both China's blue-chip CSI300 index and the Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.1 percent, to 3,260.11 points and 3,024.08 points, respectively.Trading turnover in Shanghai, which hit a 1-1/2-month low on Monday, remained ...

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Nikkei slips on caution ahead of BOJ, Fast Retailing tumbles TOKYO: Japan's Nikkei share average dipped on Tuesday as investors counted down to Wednesday's Bank of Japan policy decision amid speculation the central bank will make crucial changes to its massive easing programme.The Nikkei ended down 0.2 percent at 16,492.15 points.The Nikkei was primarily dragged down by selling in index-heavyweight Fast Retailing Co, which tumbled 5.4 percent and contributed a hefty 71 negative points to the index.Traders said the sell-off in Fast Retailing was triggered ...

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Asia stocks wobble as investors nervously await Fed, BOJ TOKYO: Asian shares edged lower on Tuesday as investors nervously awaited the outcomes of Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan policy meetings that will both conclude on Wednesday."The market is more nervous about the BOJ than the Fed as it may give the market a surprise," said Yutaka Miura, a senior technical analyst at Mizuho Securities.Financial spreadbetters predicted the uneasy mood would extend into European markets"Today's European open is likely to see a slightly softer ...

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Hong Kong, Shanghai stock markets reopen with rallies HONG KONG: Shares rose in Hong Kong and Shanghai Monday as traders returned from a long weekend to play catch-up with last week's Asia-wide rally.The Hang Seng Index added 0.92 percent, or 214.86 points, to close at 23,550.45.In Shanghai the benchmark composite index climbed 0.77 percent, or 23.20 points, to 3,026.05. The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, rose 1.06 percent, or 21.04 points, to 2,001.29.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...