Global shares fall on Fed rate hike, UK rate outlook

Spot gold had dropped 0.1 percent to,252.61 per ounce by 0406 GMT after touching its weakest since May 24 at,251.05 earlier in the session

Spot gold had dropped 0.1 percent to,252.61 per ounce by 0406 GMT after touching its weakest since May 24 at,251.05 earlier in the session

As expected, the Fed raised interest rates by another quarter of a percentage point to between 1% and 1.25%.

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The Bank of England made a decision to leave the record low interest rate unchanged, in a split vote, as more policymakers sought a rate hike.

Developing nations, excluding China, saw their aggregate annual credit-to-gross domestic product ratio slip one percentage point to 125 percent by the end of previous year, the first time the group has deleveraged since the global financial crisis, Jane Wei, a London-based strategist with Goldman Sachs International, said in a June 14 report.

KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index fell 0.4 percent to 19,797.46 and South Korea's Kospi sank 0.6 percent to 2,358.34. After a late tumble in technology stocks, the Nasdaq composite lost 0.4 percent, to 6,194.89.

Analysts in recent weeks have become increasingly doubtful the Fed will indeed go ahead with a third rate increase later this year, as inflation, consumption and other economic data have indicated the weakness seen in the first quarter has continued.

"It is hard for investors to imagine that the USA economy will recover from the first quarter and inflation will rise anytime soon", Daiwa's Takahashi said. The FTSE 100 of Britain dropped 0.4 percent to 7,474.40.

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"Long-term Fed expectations remain very much supported".

It also lost ground to sterling after United Kingdom inflation data surprised on the high side and amid reports Britain's ruling Conservative Party was likely to sign a deal on Wednesday to form a minority government.

The Fed's estimates for the unemployment rate by the end of this year moved down to 4.3 percent, the current level, and to 4.2 percent in 2018, indicating the Fed believes the labor market will continue to tighten. But most yields remained depressed after their biggest plunge in a month Wednesday.

The move registered swiftly in markets, with the territory's one-month interbank rate, known as HIBOR, jumping the most in six months, and a gauge of property stocks in Hong Kong retreating more than 1 percent.

Additionally, U.S. Bancorp and Citigroup's shares rose 2.8% and 8.9%, respectively, depicting positivity on future prospects. Brent crude, used to price global oils, fell 16 cents to $46.84 a barrel.

The stronger dollar weighed on gold, which hit a three-week low.

U.S. crude fell 3.7 per cent to settle at $44.73 per barrel and Brent settled at $47.00, down 3.5 per cent. Spot gold fell 0.2 per cent to $1,263.03 an ounce.

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