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Feb 5, 2010

Asia shares fall; euro up on Swiss cbank takj

SINGAPORE, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Asian stocks fell to near
five-month lows on Friday as investors dumped riskier assets
after rising sovereign debt problems in the euro zone and poor
jobs data sent U.S. and European stocks tumbling.

The U.S. dollar extended gains from the previous session as
investor anxiety about sovereign debt in Greece, Portugal and
Spain sparked a sell-off in the euro and growth-linked
currencies such as the Australian dollar.

Feb 5, 2010

Asia shares slide on economy fears; dollar climbs

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Asian stocks fell to near five-month lows on Friday as investors dumped riskier assets after rising sovereign debt problems in the euro zone and poor jobs data sent U.S. and European stocks tumbling.

The U.S. dollar climbed, having surged in the previous session, after investor anxiety about sovereign debt in Greece, Portugal and Spain sparked a sell-off in the euro and growth-linked currencies such as the Australian dollar.

Feb 4, 2010

Asia shares slide; Toyota sinks to 10-month low

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Asian stocks fell on Thursday, with Toyota Motor hitting a 10-month low on investor concerns over its massive vehicle recall, which in turn helped rival carmakers buck the broader downward trend and post solid gains.

The U.S. dollar was on a firm footing while the New Zealand dollar dived after a sharp jump in unemployment, dragging other growth-linked currencies such as the Australian dollar along with it.

Feb 3, 2010

Asia shares rise on U.S. cues; Aussie rebounds

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Asian shares rose on Wednesday with resources stocks leading the way, as demand for riskier assets increased after Wall Street rallied on upbeat U.S. earnings and economic data.

The U.S. dollar steadied after slipping from six-month highs against a basket of currencies as investors moved back into higher-yielding, growth-linked currencies after market jitters in recent weeks.

Feb 2, 2010

Asia shares rebound; resource stocks surge

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Asian shares rebounded on Tuesday, led by resources stocks, after strong U.S. manufacturing data raised hopes the global economic recovery was on a firmer footing as governments move to withdraw stimulus spending.

Japan’s Nikkei stock average rose 1.88 percent while resources firms such as Australian miners were among the best performers in the region, buoyed by prospects for the world economy and the outlook for oil and metals demand.

Feb 1, 2010

Asia shares fall to three-month lows

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Asian stocks fell to three-month lows on Monday with investors cautious after new data strengthened the case for tighter Chinese monetary policy and as attention focused on key U.S. economic reports due this week.

European shares were also expected to retreat by as much as 1.2 percent amid lingering worries about Greece and other weak euro zone members.

Feb 1, 2010

Asia shares at 3-mth lows; China fears weigh

SINGAPORE, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Asian stocks fell to
three-month lows on Monday with investors cautious after new
data strengthened the case for tighter Chinese monetary policy
and as attention focused on key U.S. economic reports due this
week.

European shares <.FTEU3> were also expected to retreat by
as much as 1.2 percent amid lingering worries about Greece and
other weak euro zone members.

Nov 12, 2009

Rising jobless casts shadow over world trade: Lamy

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Rising unemployment is the biggest threat to free trade and could spark greater protectionist policies around the globe, the head of the World Trade Organization said on Thursday.

WTO Director General Pascal Lamy, who is attending a meeting of Asia-Pacific trade and finance ministers in Singapore, told broadcaster CNBC that he did not expect an improvement in the job situation in the next one or two years.