Asia shares loiter as S&P futures climb fresh peak – Reuters

SourceReuters
SectorFinancial Markets
CountryMiddle east

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian share markets lagged on Thursday as U.S. stock futures nudged to another record high after the Federal Reserve underlined its commitment to keeping policy super loose even as the economy enjoys a rapid recovery.FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective masks, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, are reflected on a screen showing stock prices outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan August 31, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonMSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was flat, and also little changed on the week. Japan’s Nikkei eased 0.3% and Chinese blue chips 0.1%, with trading very subdued.The outperformance of the U.S.

economy helped S&P 500 futures add 0.3% to a new peak, while Nasdaq futures gained 0.4%. EUROSTOXX 50 futures firmed 0.2% and FTSE futures 0.3%.Minutes of the Federal Reserve’s last policy meeting showed members felt the economy was still far short of target and were in no rush to scale back their $120 billion a month of bond buying.Fed...read more...