|Published : 21 Sep 2016, 11:01:52|
Asian shares mixed ahead of monetary policy meetings
Asian shares meandered Wednesday as markets awaited the outcomes of monetary policy meetings in the US and Japan. Japan's benchmark fell after August trade data came in weaker than expected.
Tokyo's Nikkei 225 fell 0.5 per cent to 16,411.97 and the Hang Seng of Hong Kong fell 0.1 per cent to 23,516.54. The Shanghai Composite index also fell, 0.1 per cent, to 3,021.89.
Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.5 per cent to 5,327.90 and South Korea's Kospi was almost flat, at 2,026.56. Shares were higher in Taiwan but mixed in Southeast Asia.
The Dow Jones industrial average gained 9.79 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 18,129.96. The S&P 500 index added 0.64 points to 2,139.76. The Nasdaq composite picked up 6.33 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 5,241.35.
Benchmark US crude added 78 cents to $44.83 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
It gained 19 cents to $44.05 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, advanced 58 cents to $46.46 a barrel in London.
The dollar slipped to 101.52 yen from 101.62 yen in the previous session. The euro was almost flat at $1.11, according to a news agency report.