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Asian markets mostly rise after central bank decisions – CNN, CNN

Asian markets mostly rise after central bank decisions – CNN, CNN


Hong Kong (CNN Business)Asian markets mostly rose on Thursday after theFederal Reserve cut rates, while Japan’s central bank kept monetary policy unchanged.

Japan’sNikkei 225(N 225)rose 0.6%. South Korea’sKospi()KOSPI)gained 0.3 %. China’sShanghai Composite Index(SHCOMP)moved up by less than 0.1%.

Overnight, the Federal Reservecut interest rates by a quarter percentage pointfor the second time since July. Officials also left the door open foranother rate cutthis year if the economy weakens further.

On Thursday morning, the Bank of Japankept its monetary policy steady.It maintained short-term interest rates at minus 0.1% and its target for ten-year government bond yields at 0%.But the central bank expressedconcerns about risks to the global economic outlook and said it will reexamine economic and price developments at the next policy meeting in October.

    Hong Kong’sHang Seng Index(HSI)bucked the trend in Asia, dropping 1.2%after opening in positive territory.

    Hong Kong’s economy is expected to shrink further in the third quarter and could eventually slide into a recession as the US-China trade war and massive protests in the city ​​take a toll, Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary Paul Chan said in aninterviewwith Chinese state-run newspaper Global Times on Thursday.

      Investors in the region are looking ahead to a potential cooling of US-China trade tensions, as the two sides gear up for talks. Deputy-level officials from the two countriesare scheduled to hold a meeting later today in Washingtonto prepare for furthernegotiations in the coming weeks .

      The two economic superpowers said earlier this month that they have agreed to return to the negotiating table.

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