* Asian stock markets: https://tmsnrt.rs/2zpUAr4
* Treasury yield curve in focus before auction and Fed
* Oil rebounds but further downside risks seen
By Stanley White
TOKYO, April 27 (Reuters) - Asian shares were little changed on Tuesday, as caution ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's meeting and corporate earnings offset optimism about the global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS rose 0.01%. Australian stocks .AXJO dropped 0.19%, and shares in China .CSI300 fell 0.08%. Stocks in Tokyo .N225 edged 0.23% lower.
S&P 500 e-mini stock futures EScv1 rose 0.2%.
Oil rebounded after major oil producers stood by their demand forecasts, but there are still downside risks due to surging COVID-19 cases in India, the world's third-biggest oil importer.
Analysts said some investors may be taking profits on equities, but sentiment remains positive due to rising coronavirus vaccination rates in many countries.
"There are two reasons to remain positive on equities and commodities," said Masayuki Kichikawa, chief macro strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management Co in Tokyo.
"The global economy is likely to continue to strengthen and many advanced economies are heading for a reopening due to progress in vaccinations."
However, despite the hopeful signs, a bullish session on Wall Street failed to inspire Asian markets. The S&P 500 .SPX and Nasdaq .IXIC closed at record highs on Monday, fuelled by heavyweight growth stocks ahead of a deluge of earnings reports this week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI ended 0.18% lower.
In extended trade, Tesla TSLA.O dipped about 0.4% even after the electric car maker beat Wall Street expectations for first-quarter revenue. for equities in many markets has improved steadily this month due to expectations that rising vaccination rates will allow more economies to resume normal activity.
However, one area of concern is India, which is struggling with a surge of coronavirus infections that has overwhelmed its healthcare system. investors stuck to the sidelines ahead of the Fed's policy meeting ending on Wednesday, where the U.S. central bank is expected to confirm that it will maintain its easy monetary policy to bolster the economy.
Bond traders are also closely watching an auction of $62-billion of seven-year U.S. Treasuries later on Tuesday.
The Treasury saw very weak demand at a seven-year debt auction in February, which sparked a brutal market selloff across the globe. The notes also saw tepid, although improved, demand in March.
The dollar =USD was hemmed into a narrow range as traders avoided taking out big positions before the bond auction and Fed meeting.
The yen JPY= pulled back from a seven-week high against the dollar after the Bank of Japan lowered its consumer price forecasts only a week after Tokyo and Osaka entered their third state of emergency over a spike in coronavirus infections. crude CLc1 ticked up 0.74% to $62.37 a barrel, and Brent crude LCOc1 rose 0.72% to $66.12 per barrel, but the bounce in oil could be limited due to worries about the return of travel restriction in response to India's coronavirus surge.
Bitcoin BTC=BTSP was little changed at $53,918. The world's most popular cryptocurrency soared nearly 10% on Monday, after five straight days of losses, on reports that JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM ) JPM.N is planning to offer a managed Bitcoin fund. had slumped almost a fifth from its all-time high hit earlier this month.
Rival digital asset Ether ETH=BTSP was steady at $2,528.
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