Asia Markets: Asian stocks slide lower after Fed minutes released

Stock markets across Asia were broadly lower early Thursday, following lackluster performance on Wall Street overnight, as investors digested the latest Federal Reserve meeting minutes.

Markets have mostly drifted this week, seeing short-term moves ahead of key events before correcting as the muted impact wanes.

The Nikkei Stock Average NIK, -0.04% fell 0.4%, moving in a tight range due to a slightly stronger yen. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 XJO, -0.35% was down 0.3%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index HSI, -0.36% was off 0.4%.

Overnight, the Federal Open Market Committee released the minutes of its two-day meeting ended Feb.

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