European stock markets were quiet on Tuesday morning, with attention focused on the latest US Federal Reserve meeting getting underway in Washington, DC.
The Fed on Tuesday begins a private two-day policy meeting. Chair Jerome Powell will deliver a statement on policy decisions and the outlook for the US economy on Wednesday.
“Traders are a little hesitant to place any bigger bets as the Fed begin their two-day meeting today,” said Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at Avatrade. “The hope is that the Fed will continue their fight against coronavirus via its monetary policy.
“The stock rally is dependent on the outcome of the Federal Reserve meeting. Policymakers in Washington still haven’t delivered another stimulus package, and it seems likely that it will be further delayed. Now, there is more pressure on the Fed to support the stock market.”
European stock markets had a mixed opening.
Stocks were mixed overnight in Asia. Japan’s Nikkei (^N225) fell 0.2% and Australia’s ASX 200 (^AXJO) fell 0.3%, but Chinese markets registered gains. The Hong Kong Hang Seng (^HSI) rose 0.4%, the Shanghai Composite (000001.SS) rose 0.7%, and the Shenzen Component (399001.SZ) rallied 1.2%.
The pause for gold came as the dollar’s slide moderated. The greenback has been under pressure for the last month as COVID-19 cases have spiked in the US, raising fears about knock-on effects for the economy.
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