Asian markets mostly rose Monday following last week's forecast-busting U.S. jobs report but the dollar struggled against most other currencies, with this week's expected Federal Reserve interest rate hike already accounted for.
The Nikkei rose 0.1 percent to 19,590.14 points, after trading in negative territory earlier in the session.
The TOPIX index of all First Section issues ended up 1.38 points, or 0.09 percent, at 1,572.69, after shedding 3.59 points the previous day. The Shanghai Composite Index added 0.1 percent to 3,238.93.
U.S. INTEREST RATES: The Fed is scheduled to hold its rate-setting meeting from Tuesday to Wednesday. Analysts said a rate hike, only the Fed's third in a decade, is already priced into financial markets and investors will be looking to see what Fed chief Janet Yellen will be saying about the pace of future increases. Britain's FTSE 100 inched up almost 0.1 percent to 7,418.84.
BUSY WEEK: The Bank of England, Bank of Japan and other central banks are also holding meetings this week.
Most stock markets in Asia started the week on a high - tracking all three main Wall Street indexes - after the Labor Department said the economy created 235,000 new jobs in February, much more than estimated.
The ECB will decide later whether to raise interest rates before or after ending its bond purchase program, policymaker Ewald Nowotny told a newspaper. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was steady at 2,373.47 and the Dow Jones industrial average ticked 0.1 percent lower, to 20,881.48. The U.K. government meanwhile could formally begin the process of exiting the European Union.
Gold XAU= rose 0.1 percent to $1199.71 before the Fed decision. The Netherlands has its own election this week, where politicians have also railed against the European Union and immigrants.
Shares in Asia fell early on Wednesday with a widely expected hike in US interest rates later in the day weighing on sentiment.
ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude added 11 cents to $48.86 a barrel.
CURRENCIES: The euro rose to $1.0771 from $1.0726 in Asia, while the dollar was edged up to 113.42 yen from 113.40 yen. Brent crude, which is used to price global oils, slipped 7 cents to $51.67 a barrel.
Gribble appeared genuinely surprised his interaction with the gator was newsworthy, and had no idea it was caught on video. Golfer Cody Gribble walked up on one of these fine creatures on the edge of a fairway and chose to get it out of there.
The San Mateo, California-based company also merged teams internationally where there were duplicate roles across regions. The second layoff, according to the company, was done after a thorough review of its operations.
The games were set to open on July 18, 2022, coinciding with the birthday of the late South African President, Nelson Mandela. Sascoc president Gideon Sam confirmed the news, saying the news was a disappointment to the country and the entire continent.
The state Department of Labor reports the state unemployment rate in January was 3.3%, the same as the rate in December. Employment in other service, including repair-maintenance services and membership organizations, rose by 1,900.
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In February, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the settlement is illegal as it is built on privately-owned Palestinian land. The American envoy also paid visits to the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and to King Abdullah in Amman, Jordan.
Polls opened at 6:30 am local time and already Wilders, Prime Minister Rutte, and several other politicians have cast their vote. Mr Wilders has led a fiery campaign, pledging to shut down the country's borders, ban the Koran and close mosques.
As Trump has done with other world leaders in recent weeks, he will host Merkel for a bilateral meeting and joint news conference. Talks will include Germany and France's efforts to address Russia's incursion in Ukraine and what role the U.S. can play.
The Vikings did not pick up the option on Peterson's contract and, on Thursday, confirmed they would be moving on from him. Peterson, however, is 31, and running backs - even the best ones - can rapidly go downhill at that age.
President Donald Trump considers options to accelerate the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. More than 320,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict with anti-government protests six years ago.
The Jets , who ranked 17th in pass defense in 2016, released seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis last week. Carr never produced like many expected when he signed a five-year, $50 million contract before the 2012 season.
She was born weighing a staggering 11 lbs and was shortly diagnosed afterwards with the parasitic disease called Elephantiasis. She is most likely to return to Alexandria, her home, in two to three weeks and will continue the diet for some time.
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The women told diplomats from their home countries that they thought they were participating in a prank for reality television. Malaysia has said it will deport 50 North Koreans who are in the country with expired visas.
As such, Bharara prosecuted more than 12 state lawmakers from both the Republican and Democratic parties, according to the AP. Attorney Mark Green for the Eastern District of Oklahoma in Muskogee could not be reached for comment.
Sizing John had been a runner-up seven times over two miles to Douvan, and Power suggested running the horse over further. It was a first success for trainer Jessica Harrington- who described is as beginner's luck- and for jockey Robbie Power .
Hyundai says in government documents that a fastener for a seat belt anchor may not have been fully latched during assembly. As a result, the company chose to conduct the recall, but continues to work with the supplies to investigate the issues.
Now, the devastated mom had learned why the sitter's 911 call never went through, and she's blaming the city for her son's death. T-Mobile has sent its top engineers to Dallas to fix with the city calls a life-threatening problem with its mobile phones.
Anthony Martial will not be available for Manchester United's Europa League clash with FC Rostov, despite training on Wednesday. United heeded the warning and pressed hard for the opener, with Ibrahimovic heading over from Antonio Valencia's cross.
It came as a surprise to the global shipping industry as worldwide patrols had suppressed pirate hijackings for several years. The Aris 13 on Monday reported being approached by two skiffs, John Steed with the organization Oceans Beyond Piracy said.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Packers waved goodbye to running back Eddie Lacy, who signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks. The final two seasons with the Packers were the best for House, playing in 19 games with 63 tackles and two interceptions.
Intel has worked increasingly with Mobileye , announcing plans past year to deploy 40 autonomous cars as part of trials with BMW . United States microchip maker Intel is about to be the new company behind the wheel at the driverless technology firm Mobileye .
It's looking like they'll be a No. 2 seed in the 2017 Tournament, and that will have to do for coach John Calipari's bunch. NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Malik Monk 's teammates refused to say that their sharpshooting freak of a freshman was in a slump.
Both Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez wasted opportunities for the visitors and they were punished five minutes before half-time. Joselu had fired Deportivo into a first-half lead before Luis Suarez levelled in the first minute of the second period.