Gold prices swung between small gains and losses Tuesday, with many investors awaiting the next Federal Reserve policy statement for clues about future interest-rate increases. It has gained 0.3 percent on the week.
Earlier on Tuesday, the yen hit a 21-month trough versus the euro at 134.15 yen, while the Swiss franc hit 1.1563 francs, its lowest against it since January 2015. Futures for the Dow and S&P 500 were both flat.
The dollar rose to two-month highs against the yen as the U.S. Federal Reserve suggested it may increase interest rates for a third time this year even as inflation remains below its 2% target.
An index that tracks the USA dollar against six currencies was down 0.3 per cent at 91.780, not far from the more than 2-1/2 year low of 91.011 set on Sept 8.
The British pound is up 0.2% at 1.3534 against the dollar after retail sales rose 1% month-over-month in August, above expectations of 0.2%.
Japan's Nikkei .n225 slipped 0.15 percent, Australian stocks .axjo advanced 0.1 percent and South Korea's KOSPI .ks11 fell 0.7 percent.
INVESTOR INSIGHT: "The Fed's seemingly hawkish views on sustained lift-off in US interest rates may be seen as a form of pressure for regional equities and could dampen prices today", said Jingyi Pan, market strategist at IG in Singapore.
It was widely expected that the United States central bank won't raise interest rates at the meeting but investors believe the Fed will announce the unwinding of its $4.5 trillion balance sheet.
The New Zealand dollar gained 0.6 percent to $0.7360 after reaching its highest level in 6-1/2 weeks as one poll showed the country's National Party pulled ahead of the rival Labour Party ahead of a general election this weekend.
USA stock indexes closed lower on Thursday, with market heavyweight Apple out of favor on concerns about its latest iPhones, while financials rose as investors reacted to rising expectations for a third interest rate hike this year. It also lowered again its estimated long-term "neutral" interest rate from 3.0 percent to 2.75 percent, reflecting concerns about overall economic vitality.
Gold hit a three-week low of $1,293 per ounce, Brent and WTI oil eased away from multi-month highs, while industrial metals copper and nickel tumbled 1.2 and 3.8 percent to more than one-month lows.
The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against six major currencies, was down 0.29 percent at 92.238.
"New Zealand might be set for a market-friendly election result but the bigger picture is being dictated by the FOMC", said Cameron Bagrie, chief economist at ANZ Bank New Zealand.
Oil futures prices rose Wednesday on USA and Iran tensions and expectations that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will extend its production-cut deal.
Currently, 541.5 million total shares are owned by the public and among those 541.5 million shares have been available to trade. Investors are feeling more bearish on shares of Johnson & Johnson of late if you pay attention to the rise in short interest.
Today's maneuver will adjust its direction and give it the speed it needs to successfully reach the asteroid, known as Bennu . The close approach over Antarctica was expected to take OSIRIS-REx out of contact with its handlers for about 50 minutes.
Taking just two of his clubs - his sand and lob wedges - he walked nine holes hitting different shots around the greens. First-round leader Kyle Stanley shot a three-over 73 and is also at three under at the halfway stage.
The result halted a run of four consecutive defeats across all competitions - with three of those being away fixtures . Since the start of last season, Bournemouth have lost a league-high 25 points from winning positions.
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As she launches into a well-rehearsed speech without notes, Angela Merkel knows she will - most likely - win this election. She's likely to keep the same political opinions, which will sit well with those who appreciate Germany's current standing.
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It apparently had been working in the Caribbean as an inter-island ferry, according to maritime traffic tracking services. This situation could last for four to six months, " warned the mayor of San Juan , Carmen Yulin Cruz, cited by NBC .
He said, it "will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea's efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind". President praised as a move by its central bank ordering Chinese banks to stop doing business with North Korea as "tremendous".
Scott held a series of conference calls with emergency managers as well as hospital and nursing home officials. AHCA and the Department of Children & Families are conducting administrative reviews of the nursing home.
Japan's Tough Choices As North Korean Missiles Fly
On Monday, the official China Daily said sanctions should be given time to bite but that the door must be left open to talks. The U.S.is looking at the possibility of shooting down a future launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea, CNN reports .