The US Federal Reserve opened a two-day meeting on interest rates in Washington on Tuesday as policy makers appeared divided over the dangers facing the world's largest economy.
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In a new development linked to the 1MDB corruption scandal, a former Hong Kong-based investment fund is suing Goldman Sachs for conflict of interest in advising a 2011 Malaysian bank merger.
The Dow finished in the red on Tuesday, in part due to disappointing results from McDonald's, as investors awaited a policy announcement by the US Federal Reserve.
Oil prices in New York dipped on Tuesday but edged up in London as lofty levels of product supplies again pressured the market.
The US dollar dropped slightly against the euro and the yen on Tuesday, as policy makers in Washington and Tokyo prepared to release decisions on interest rates.
Apple said on Tuesday its quarterly profit slumped 27 per cent from a year ago to US$7.8 billion on a sharp drop in iPhone sales.