Asia equities tick up, as investors look to the U.S.

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By Alun John HONG KONG (Reuters) – Asian equity markets rose cautiously Tuesday, after touching year to date lows the day before, with traders keeping at least half an eye on the United States where major companies report earnings and the Federal Reserve meets on policy this week. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.26% after touching its lowest level since mid-December on Monday, weighed down by big Chinese stocks. Japan’s Nikkei rose 0.58%. Mainland Chinese and Hong Kong markets recovered a little from their lowest level this year on Monday, when investor worrie…

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