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Tokyo shares down as market awaits BoJ decision TOKYO: Tokyo shares fell Wednesday morning as investors awaited the outcome of a Bank of Japan policy meeting, with weak trade data aggravating concerns about the world's number three economy.Japan's central bank, which wraps up its two-day gathering later in the day, is set to issue an unprecedented report card on its own monetary policy, which has largely failed to spark a recovery.Some are expecting the bank to launch more stimulus measures to prop up lacklustre growth. The meeting comes as the US Federal Reserve also finishes a meeting later in the day, but few expect the central bank to move on interest rates until December at the earliest.Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei 225 index slipped 0.49 percent, or 80.18 points, to 16,411.97 by the break, while the Topix index of all first-section issues was down 0.41 percent, or 5.39 points, at 1,311.58.The dollar was slightly weaker at 101.59 yen against 101.72 ...

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Hong Kong stocks ends morning on high HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares ended the morning slightly higher Wednesday as investors cautiously await the end of a closely watched Federal Reserve policy meeting later in the day.The Hang Seng Index added 0.31 percent, or 73.00 points, to 23,603.86 by lunch.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index was marginally lower, giving up 1.16 points to 3,021.84 but the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, added 0.16 percent, or 3.11 points, to 2,003.17.Copyright ...

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Wall St edges up on healthcare boost; Fed on tap NEW YORK: Wall Street inched higher on Tuesday, helped by deal-making in the healthcare sector, a day before highly anticipated outcomes of monetary policy meetings in the United States and Japan.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 10 points, or 0.06 percent, to 18,130.17, the S&P 500 gained 0.6 points, or 0.03 percent, to 2,139.72 and the Nasdaq Composite added 6.33 points, or 0.12 percent, to 5,241.35.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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China stocks fall, property gains insufficient to lift market SHANGHAI: China stocks slipped in thin trading on Tuesday, as gains for property shares after upbeat home price data were not enough to outweigh sluggishness pulling down many other sectors.The blue-chip CSI300 index fell 0.2 percent, to 3,257.40, while the Shanghai Composite Index dipped 0.1 percent to 3,023.00 points.Trading turnover in Shanghai, hit a 1-1/2-month low on Tuesday.Shenwan Hongyuan Securities Co advised clients in a note to adopt a wait-and-see cautious stance as the recent ...

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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 ...

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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 ...