Asian Stocks End Mostly Higher

Asian stocks ended mostly higher Wednesday after the Bank of Japan decided to keep a key interest rate at 0.1%.
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NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- Asian stocks ended mostly higher Wednesday after the Bank of Japan kept a key interest rate at 0.1%.

The Nikkei 225 stock average in Tokyo rose 0.1%. The last time Japan's central bank touched the overnight call rate target was December 2008.

The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong rose 1.8%, its first day of trading this week after being closed for a holiday. Shanghai's benchmark index fell 0.3%.

European shares were trading slightly lower.

Premarket futures suggested stocks in the U.S. would open lower Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

fell less than 0.1% to 10,969.99, the

S&P 500

rose 0.2% and the

Nasdaq

gained 0.3%, after minutes of the

Federal Reserve

meeting in March revealed the Fed could keep rates low for quite some time.

-- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York.

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