Asian indexes mixed, weighing prospects of fewer Fed hikes

TOKYO - Asian markets were mixed Friday, weighing prospects that the U.S. Federal Reserve will not raise interest rates as many times as some investors expect.

KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged down 0.3 per cent in morning trading to 19,523.27. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.3 per cent to 5,803.90. South Korea's Kospi was up 0.3 per cent to 2,156.74. Hong Kong's Hang Seng inched up 0.2 per cent to 24,345.66, while the Shanghai Composite shed 0.2 per cent to 3,262.42.

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