asiancommentary-dec24_18mar19-lg.jpg Asian stock markets are modestly lower on Tuesday despite the positive cues overnight from Wall Street. Investors are cautious as they look ahead to the U.S. Federal Reserve's monetary policy decision due on Wednesday. The Fed is widely expected to leave interest rates unchanged, although investors will keep a close eye on the accompanying statement for clues about the outlook for rates.

Stocks fluctuated over the course of the trading day on Monday but maintained a positive bias throughout much of the session. The Nasdaq and the S&P 500 eventually ended the session at their best closing levels in over five months.


After moving mostly higher early in the session, stocks have shown a lack of direction over the course of the trading day on Monday. The major averages have spent the day bouncing back and forth across the unchanged line.


Stocks have moved mostly higher in morning trading on Monday, extending the strong upward move seen last week. The continued advance on the day has lifted the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 to new five-month intraday highs.


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