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Asian stocks closed mostly lower, as shares of Samsung Group were in focus after the arrest of its chief. Jay Y. Lee was arrested on Friday, over his alleged role in the corruption scandal that prompted South Korea's parliament to impeach President Park Geun-hye.

South Korea's Kospi finished nearly flat at 2,080.58. Samsung Electronics dropped 0.4 percent at 1,893,000 Korean won. Shares of Samsung SDI rose 0.8 percent, Samsung Electro-Mechanics added 0.8 percent, Samsung C&T shed two percent while Samsung Engineering was down 1.2 percent. Japan's Nikkei 225 retreated 0.58 percent to 19,234.62 and the Topix slid 0.42 percent to 1,544.54. Sharp bucked the trend and finished 2.80 percent higher at 331 yen, after the Japanese electronics firm revised its earnings estimates.

Australia's ASX 200 was down 0.18 percent at 5,805, as major resource producers declined more than one percent each. China's Shanghai composite fell 0.86 percent to 3,201.96 while the Shenzhen composite dropped 0.66 percent to 1,945.10. Hong Kong's Hang Seng was trading 0.5 percent lower.

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2017.09.20 02:05:00 UTC+00

Wall Street Climbs as Fed Meeting Begins

U.S. equities advanced on Tuesday as the Federal Reserve started its two-day monetary policy meeting. The three major indexes reported intraday highs on Monday.

The Dow Jones industrial average marked its 41st record close of the year, climbing 0.18 percent to 22,370.80. Verizon and Goldman Sachs contributed the most to the gains.

The S&P 500 added 0.1 percent to a record peak of 2,506.65, with telecommunications and financials leading gainers. The Nasdaq composite rose 0.1 percent and also reported a record close of 6,461.32.

The Fed is not expected to hike rates following its meeting. However, several market participants believe the central bank will announce the tapering of its $4.5 trillion portfolio.

The healthcare index was one of the biggest decliners amid losses in insurers like United Health, which dropped 1.9 percent as a result of recent efforts in Washington to overhaul Obamacare.

The largest U.S. telephone operators, Verizon and AT&T climbed over two percent, helping to lift the S&P. Wireless carrier T-Mobile advanced 5.3 percent while Sprint soared 8.1 percent, after a report that they were in active merger talks.

Tesla dropped 2.4 percent after Jefferies began coverage of the electric car maker's stock with “underperform”.

Best Buy tumbled 7.4 percent after the retailer forecast 2021 adjusted earnings well below Wall Street estimates. The stock was one of the largest laggards on the consumer discretionary index.

2017.09.20 01:32:00 UTC+00

European Stocks Mixed as Fed Decision Eyed

European finished mixed on Tuesday as investors await the decision from the two-day Federal Reserve policy meeting.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 was flat, with most sectors lower and major bourses pointing in opposite territories.

Telecom stocks climbed as much as 0.9 percent to their highest level in almost four weeks after CNBC reported that U.S. wireless carriers T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp were in active merger negotiations. Deutsche Telekom, which controls T-Mobile US, was the largest advancer, higher by over three percent. Other stocks in the sector were also lifted by the report.

European telecom stocks have underperformed the wider market in the past two years. Valuations and earnings potential have began to spur investors' interest.

The food and beverage sector fell almost 0.7 percent after a Mexican bottler and retailer said it had sold a stake in the world's second-biggest brewer. Fomento Economico Mexicano (Femsa) announced it had sold a 5.24 percent stake in Heineken. The Dutch brewer's shares dropped 3.7 percent on the news.

Eurofin Scientific jumped to the top of the benchmark in mid-day deals after it reported an agreement to buy EAG Laboratories from Odyssey Investment Partners. The French pharmaceutical firm jumped over six percent.

German fashion retailer Hugo Boss tumbled towards the bottom of the Stoxx 600, after Morgan Stanley downgraded the company to underweight from equal-weight. According to the brokerage, the retailer faces “market-driven”, instead of brand-driven, pressure. Shares of Hugo Boss dropped 3.47 percent.

The U.S. dollar was steady on Tuesday, as investors await the Federal Reserve's policy statement this week for new signs on the potential pace and timing of further U.S. monetary tightening.

The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major rivals, edged 0.1 percent lower to 91.928.

The greenback gained 0.2 percent against the Japanese yen, its highest since late July.

The euro rose 0.2 percent at $1.1980, poised for its fourth consecutive days of gains, although modest ones.

The dollar has benefited from a recent jump in U.S. bond yields. The benchmark 10-year note yield reached a one-month peak of 2.237 percent overnight.

That marked an increase of 22 basis points from 10-month lows set on Sept. 8, when U.S. bond yields dropped on risk aversion, partly coming from concerns about U.S.-North Korea tensions.

The Fed is widely expected to announce this week that it will begin trimming its balance sheet, with the reductions seen likely to start this year. It is expected to keep rates on hold, but investors will be watching for new signs on the likelihood of another rate hike in 2017 and how many could be expected next year.


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