Asian stocks fell, with the regional benchmark index capping its biggest weekly loss this year, after the Federal Reserve damped expectations for more monetary easing and on renewed concern Europe’s debt crisis will weigh on economic growth, damping the outlook for Asian exporters.
Honda Motor Co. (7267), a carmaker that gets 83 percent of its revenue abroad, dropped 4.3 percent in Tokyo. Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. (13) and other companies that do business in Europe slid after demand fell at a Spanish government bond auction. Fast Retailing Co. (9983), Asia’s top clothier, plunged 6.8 percent in Tokyo after sales at its Uniqlo stores disappointed investors.
Dollar Inches Higher
Stocks and the dollar retrenched on Wednesday amid speculation the Federal Reserve will take a dovish turn in its post-meeting statement later as signs emerge that the greenback's strength is hurting