Asia Markets: Asian markets mixed on central bank worries

Asian shares were broadly mixed Wednesday on weakness in U.S. equities and continued worries that global central banks will soon reverse their easing schemes.

Japan’s Nikkei Stock Average NIK, -0.69% was down 0.2%, taking its week-to-date loss to 1.6%. The Shanghai Composite Index SHCOMP, -0.68% was 0.3% lower, but the Hang Seng Index HSI, -0.11% was up 0.2%.

Overnight, the main U.S. indexes closed lower as investors focused on possible action by the Federal Reserve at its meeting next week. According to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s FedWatch tool, the market believes there is a 15% chance of a rise in interest rates in September, but the probability of an increase in December has risen to 56.5%.

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