Agence France-PresseDecember 16, 2013 05:24
Asian markets were mostly lower Monday as dealers bet that the US Federal Reserve will announce a cut in its stimulus programme at its policy meeting this week.
The dollar slipped in Asia as investors adjusted positions before the meeting, while the yen strengthened.
Despite a Bank of Japan survey of business confidence, which jumped to levels not seen since 2007, Tokyo closed down 1.62 percent, or 250.20 points, to 15,152.91.
Sydney lost 0.17 percent, or 8.8 points, to end at 5,089.6 and Seoul was flat, edging down 1.76 points to 1,961.15.