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11 Jan 2022

Dollar and Asian Stocks Remain Stable as Investors Zero in on Fed Policy

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Asian stocks and the dollar remained stable on Tuesday as investors zeroed in on the U.S. Federal Reserve’s monetary policy. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan plunged by 0.3% before stabilizing.

Fed Chair Jerome Powell is set to meet with the Senate Bank Committee to be considered as head for a second term. The Omicron surge in the U.S. is also having a substantial hold on the markets as COVID-19 cases hit a record high in the country on Monday.

The Nikkei index dropped by 1.3% while China’s 300 index soared and Hong Kong notched up by 0.1%. Seoul and Taiwan dropped by 0.3% and 0.4% respectively.

Asian equities have exhibited a comparatively more favorable performance this year marked by upswings in Hong Kong and Indian shares. However, the Chinese and Japanese markets have faced drops.

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