Asian stock markets gain ahead of Fed update


              A currency trader walks by the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), left, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at a foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Asian stock markets rose Wednesday ahead of the release of minutes from a Federal Reserve meeting that investors hope might show the U.S. central bank is moderating its plans for more interest rate hikes to cool inflation. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
            
              A currency trader walks by the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), center, and the foreign exchange rates at a foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Asian stock markets rose Wednesday ahead of the release of minutes from a Federal Reserve meeting that investors hope might show the U.S. central bank is moderating its plans for more interest rate hikes to cool inflation. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
            
              Currency traders watch computer monitors at a foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Asian stock markets rose Wednesday ahead of the release of minutes from a Federal Reserve meeting that investors hope might show the U.S. central bank is moderating its plans for more interest rate hikes to cool inflation. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
            
              A currency trader walks by the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), left, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at a foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Asian stock markets rose Wednesday ahead of the release of minutes from a Federal Reserve meeting that investors hope might show the U.S. central bank is moderating its plans for more interest rate hikes to cool inflation. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
            
              A currency trader walks by the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at a foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Asian stock markets rose Wednesday ahead of the release of minutes from a Federal Reserve meeting that investors hope might show the U.S. central bank is moderating its plans for more interest rate hikes to cool inflation. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
            
              FILE - Flags adorn the facade of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
Asian stock markets gain ahead of Fed update