"Even though the dot plot is not relevant because so much can change, the Fed reminded us all of the gradual nature of their expected behaviour on this rate hike cycle", said Peter Boockvar, chief market analyst at The Lindsey Group, in a Wednesday note.
A victory for Wilders's party "may cause the euro to give back more of the gains it posted following the recent European Central Bank meeting, and in combination with a rate hike by the Fed, it could push euro/dollar gradually lower for another test near the key 1.0500 territory", he said.
Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 0.3 percent, South Korea's Kospi rose 0.7 percent and the Hang Seng in Hon Kong added 0.1 percent.
Trading in stock markets is cautious and the dollar is slightly weaker as investors look ahead to an expected interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve.
The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback's strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, was up 0.11% at 100.19, still close to a five-week low of 99.97 hit earlier in the day.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's party won a parliamentary election victory over anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders. After Britain's vote in summer to exit the European Union, investors wondered whether the Dutch election and others scheduled later this year on the continent could lead the European Union to break apart.
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State and local law enforcement officials were sharply critical of Ayala's decision. Orlando Police Chief John Mina said in a statement that he was "extremely upset".
Russia Denies Involvement in Yahoo Hack
The other hacker, Karim Baratov, was born in Kazakhstan but is now a nationalized Canadian, and was arrested in Canada on Tuesday. US authorities and cyber security specialists have long said the Kremlin employs criminal hackers for its geostrategic purposes.
BBC Crew Filming Mount Etna Among Several Injured When Volcano Blows
In recent days Mount Etna has started spewing lava following its most recent eruption, which was on February 28 this year. A Mount Etna eruption turned into a volcanic blast as it spewed lava and ash into the air in a visual spectacle.
Eastern Time, followed by Yellen's press conference at 2:30 p.m. Investors have priced in expectations of a rate hike, but will watch to see what Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen will say about rates moving forward and her assessment of US and global growth. The benchmark one-year commercial lending rate was unchanged. "The rate hike was priced in and we got it". The pullback came before the Federal Reserve policy decision, due at 6 p.m. London time, or 2 p.m. The number of workers filing for state unemployment benefits declined 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 241,000 in the week ended March 11, the Labor Department said Thursday. Meanwhile, Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 rose 0.2%.
ENERGY PAIN: The drop in oil prices resumes a slide that's been ongoing since late last month. The precious metals had lost Rs 400 in the last two days.
The index was down nearly 1 percent overall for the week and 1.2 percent since the Fed hiked rates on Wednesday.
The pound dipped against the euro this week as the Brexit bill allowing the Government to trigger Article 50 passed through the Houses of Parliament with no amendments.
Against the dollar, the yen was stronger at 113.44 and the Australian dollar was stronger at $0.7700, compared to levels around $0.76 seen in the past week.