March 19, 2019
Asia stocks finished almost flat today as traders awaited the U.S. Federal Reserve meeting later on Wednesday. In Japan, the Nikkei225 main index lost 0.08 percent to 21,566 and the Hang Seng benchmark in Hong Kong finished 0.19 percent higher at 29,466. The Shanghai Composite finished 0.18 percent lower at 3,090, while stocks in Australia has again seesawed in and out of negative territory, held back by losses in the Financial, IT, Healthcare and Energy sectors. Miners extended yesterday’s strong gains, buoyed by further strength in the price of iron ore. The ASX 200 closed down 5 points or 0.1% to 6,184.