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Asian shares fall, dollar gains after Fed minutes

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By Alun John HONG KONG (Reuters) – Asian shares fell on Thursday while the dollar reached multi-month highs against peers, after minutes from the U.S. central bank’s last meeting showed the increasing prospect of reduced monetary stimulus this year. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.63%, heading back towards 2021 lows set last month, with Chinese blue chips down 0.21%, Australia falling 0.54% and Hong Kong off 0.45%. Japan’s Nikkei dropped 0.37%. Carlos Casanova, senior Asia economist at UBP, said the main drivers for markets this week were weaker economic ac…

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