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Asia Markets: Asian markets mixed as investors await BOJ decision

Asian shares were broadly mixed Wednesday ahead of key monetary-policy announcements by the Bank of Japan and the U.S. Federal Reserve.

The Nikkei Stock Average NIK, -0.49% was down 0.5%, after closing down 0.2% in the previous session. Elsewhere, the S&P/ASX 200 XJO, +0.50% rose 0.2%, the Hang Seng Index HSI, -0.07% was flat, the Shanghai Composite Index SHCOMP, +0.04% was down 0.1% and Korea’s Kospi SEU, +0.08% edged 0.1% higher.

“The whole market is anticipating what the Bank of Japan’s decision will be…and what further action it can take,” said Alex Wijaya, a sales trader at CMC Markets.

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