World stocks mixed as investors await Fed's likely rate hike
Asian stock markets closed lower on Wednesday, ahead of a rates decision from the U.S. Federal Reserve and as Dutch voters head to the polls.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI fell 6.94 points, or 0.03 percent, to 20,927.61, the S&P 500 .SPX lost 1.64 points, or 0.07 percent, to 2,379.74 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC dropped 6.50 points, or 0.11 percent, to 5,894.26. India's Sensex climbed 0.5 percent to 29,531.05 and benchmarks in New Zealand, Taiwan and Singapore also rose.
In a move spurred by steady economic growth, strong job gains and confidence that inflation is rising to the central bank's target, the Fed raised rates by 25 basis points, its second in three months, with Chair Janet Yellen emphasising that future rate increases would be "gradual".
The Nikkei rose 0.2 per cent to 19,633.75, its highest close since December 2015.
BUSY WEEK: The Bank of England, Bank of Japan and others around the world are also holding meetings this week.
In Asia, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose as much as 1.7% to its highest level in 20 months, while United States stocks rose sharply overnight.
The ECB will decide later whether to raise interest rates before or after ending its bond purchase program, policymaker Ewald Nowotny told a newspaper.
In Southeast Asia, banks, which usually tend to benefit from rate hike cycles that allow them to charge more money for loans, were among the top gainers. The British government, meanwhile, has been cleared by parliament to formally begin the process of exiting the EU. South Korea's Kospi gained 0.7 percent to 2,164.58.
Fast Retailing, the operator of Uniqlo clothing chain, fell 1.9 percent after the Nikkei Business Daily reported that its rivals were planning to expand aggressively to new markets. The Netherlands has its own election this week, where politicians have also railed against the European Union and immigrants.
ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude added 11 cents to $48.86 a barrel.
CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 114.81 yen from 114.88 yen while the euro held steady at $1.065. Brent crude, which is used to price worldwide oils, dropped 69 cents to $50.66 a barrel.
The then-U.S. president-elect also publicly toyed with the idea that Washington was not bound by the " One China " policy. The planned meeting comes after a long campaign in which Trump promised the American people he'd be tough on China.
In the 74th minute Alejandro Arribas saw his header saved by Ter Stegen and Barcelona were forced to concede a corner. However, the Catalan giants leveled matters a minute after the break through Luis Suarez powerful close range effort.
But the worst weather-related problems were expected at airports serving New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Boston and Baltimore. Major U.S. airlines have cancelled thousands of flights across the Northeast in preparation for snow and whiteout conditions.
They are strong enough as a team to get a first-round win if Trevon Blueitt and JP Macura can make big shots down the stretch. He would take a desperation 3-pointer that would find its way through the bottom of the net with 6 seconds left to play.
No prices for them have been revealed yet, Source Crystals will be available on the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Marketplace. While Source Crystals aren't created to impact progression in the game, they do allow for a bit of a shortcut.
Halt: Orisa launches a graviton charge which she can detonate, slowing nearby enemies and pulling them towards the explosion. Described in a new "behind the scenes" video as an Anchor Tank, her role will be a defensive one.
According to police, video shows 31-year-old Chiengkham Vilaysane walking with her two-year-old daughter behind her. Authorities are searching for a California woman accused of abandoning her two-year-old daughter at a supermarket.
The Daily Mail reported Abd El Aty lost 66 pounds in five days with a strict 1,200 calorie diet in preparation for the surgery. Eman, 37, was airlifted from Alexandria in Egypt and brought to Mumbai on February 11, when she weighed around 500 kg.
Paddy's day at Cheltenham
Sizing John's win is rich reward for the Potts, who have poured money in to jumps racing with fervour for the past 12 years. Harrington's only caveat in giving post-Gold Cup interviews was to be free to watch her runner in the final race.
McDonald's blames anti-Trump tweet on accessed account
On Thursday, a pinned tweet showed up on McDonald's Corporation's Twitter account - a tweet which has since been deleted . In a statement, later posted to the account , McDonald's said: "Twitter notified us that our account was compromised ".
Vikings eye Murray to replace Peterson in backfield
Peterson has been an unrestricted free agent since March 9 when Minnesota declined to exercise the 2017 option on his contract. One-dimensional for this day and age, Peterson is coming off a season lost to injury and likely seeking too much money.
Somali pirates release ship and hostages with no ransom
At the height of the crisis in 2011, there were 237 attacks and the annual cost of piracy was estimated to be up to $8bn (£7bn). The ship had been carrying fuel from Djibouti to Somalia's capital, Mogadishu , when it was approached by men in two skiffs.
Fast food worker aides unconscious police officer
Soon after, the woman lost consciousness, her foot slipped from the brake, and her SUV began to roll down the drive-thru lane. Viloria is being hailed as a hero by his boss, Alex Menendez, who owns the McDonald's franchise where the incident occurred.
Rubbish landslide in Ethiopian capital leaves 35 dead
It plans to burn rubbish generated by the capital's estimated four million people and convert it into electricity. The landfill has been used for more than 50 years, with other, smaller landslides reported in recent years.