US STOCKS-Wall St set for lower open as focus turns to Fed meet

martes 15 de marzo de 2016 08:57 GYT

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By Abhiram Nandakumar

March 15 (Reuters) - Wall Street was set to open lower on Tuesday, ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy meeting, tracking global markets that fell on the Japanese central bank's gloomy view about the economy.

The Bank of Japan left unchanged the negative interest rates it adopted in January, but lowered its assessment of inflation expectations to say they were "weakening recently," suggesting it may increase its stimulus program.

Global markets fell and the yen rose as investors sought traditional safe havens. Oil prices continued sliding on mounting fears that a recent rally had run its course as the global glut showed no signs of abating soon.

Wall Street closed little changed on Wednesday as investors waited on the sidelines ahead of the Fed's two-day meeting, which starts on Tuesday.

The Fed is not expected to raise interest rates, but its comments will be parsed for clues on the path of future hikes.   Continuación...