World shares mixed as markets await word from Fed meeting

Shares opened higher in Europe on Tuesday after Asian shares followed Wall Street lower as investors awaited fresh US inflation data and the outcome of a meeting of the Federal Reserve.
Benchmarks advanced in Paris, London and Frankfurt, but fell in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo.
The Labor Department’s Producer Price Index for November is due out Tuesday.
That shows how inflation is impacting costs for businesses and is important given the Fed meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The US central bank could announce plans to accelerate its timetable for reducing bond purchases aimed at keeping long-term interest rates low.
Markets have kept their cool despite warnings that the omicron coronavirus variant is spreading rapidly in Britain and some other regions.
In London, the FTSE 100 gained 0.6% to 7,274.71, while Germany’s DAX added 0.4% to 15,678.78. In Paris, the CAC 40 climbed 0.5% to 6,979.16. U.S. futures also rose, with the contract for the S&P 500 and the Dow industrials up …