Japan’s Nikkei (N225) and South Korea’s Kospi (KOSPI) rose 0.6% and 0.5%, respectively, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HSI) gained 0.4%. But China’s Shanghai Composite Index (SHCOMP) edged down 0.2%. The European Central Bank meets Thursday. Markets are waiting to see whether the ECB will release more stimulus to boost the slowing eurozone economy. The Federal Reserve, meanwhile, will hold its policy meeting next week. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell recently repeated his pledge to do whatever it takes to keep the US economy growing. The comments were widely seen as a signal that policymakers are likely to cut rates again. At the Fed’s July meeting, policymakers cut rates for the first time since 2008. Separately, China announced Tuesday that it would make it easier

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