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Apr 18, 2014

Yen at 10-day low vs dollar after U.S. data, Ukraine talks

TOKYO, April 18 (Reuters) – The yen slipped to a 10-day low
against the dollar on Friday after speculators unwound some
safe-haven trades following encouraging U.S. economic data and
on hopes for a diplomatic initiative seeking an end to violence
in Ukraine.

The dollar traded at 102.39 yen, and has ticked up in
the past five sessions from a three-week low of 101.32 yen.

Apr 18, 2014

Yen at 10-day low vs. dollar after Ukraine talks, U.S. data

TOKYO (Reuters) – The yen slipped to 10-day lows against the dollar on Friday after speculators unwound some safe-haven trades following upbeat U.S. economic data and on hopes for a diplomatic initiative seeking an end to violence in Ukraine.

The dollar traded at 102.43 yen, and has ticked up in the past five sessions from a three-week low of 101.32 yen.

Apr 17, 2014

Japan’s Mitsui Life eyes foreign bonds amid low domestic yields

TOKYO, April 17 (Reuters) – Mitsui Life Insurance said on
Thursday that it plans to increase its holdings of foreign bonds
again this fiscal year, as Japan’s fifth-largest life insurer
seeks to diversify its investments amid low domestic yields.

Mitsui Life plans to increase its foreign bond holdings,
including those with and without currency-hedging, by about 50
billion yen ($490 million) in the year that started on April 1,
its investment planning manager said.

Apr 17, 2014

Sompo Japan & Nipponkoa look for growth beyond traditional assets

TOKYO, April 17 (Reuters) – Sompo Japan Insurance and
Nipponkoa Insurance, already run as one entity ahead of their
merger in September, plan to invest “tens of billions of yen” in
new areas such as energy, environment and infrastructure, mainly
through private equity funds, company officials said.

The move reflects their desire to seek new revenue sources
as well as possible hedging against inflation as Japanese
authorities drive an aggressive monetary and fiscal stimulus,
they said in an interview with Reuters on Thursday.

Apr 15, 2014

Japan bond market liquidity dries up as BOJ holding hits 200 trln yen

TOKYO, April 15 (Reuters) – The Bank of Japan’s massive
purchases of government debt hit a milestone this week, sucking
liquidity out of the market to such an extent that the benchmark
10-year bond went untraded for more than a day, the first time
in 13 years.

Data from the BOJ late on Monday showed its holding of
Japanese government bonds topped 200 trillion yen ($1.96
trillion), or about 20 percent of outstanding issuance – up by
more than half from 125 trillion yen about a year ago.

Apr 10, 2014

Asian shares rise as Fed minutes soothe sentiment

TOKYO, April 10 (Reuters) – Asian shares look to extend recent solid gains
on Thursday after minutes of the Federal Reserve’s latest policy meeting
suggested the Fed may be more cautious towards raising interest rates than
markets had thought.

The perception change on the Fed’s thinking also prompted the dollar to fall
to near its mid-March low against a basket of currencies, while U.S. short-term
yields also hit three-week lows.

Apr 1, 2014

Asian shares off to shaky start, wary ahead of China factory report

TOKYO, April 1 (Reuters) – Asian shares were down slightly
in early trade on Tuesday, as investors chose discretion over
valour ahead of a key manufacturing survey from China even as
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s dovish comments eased
concerns of an early start to rate hikes.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
was down 0.2 percent, with Australian stocks
leading the losses with a 0.6 percent fall. Japan’s Nikkei share
average rose 0.1 percent.

Mar 27, 2014

Euro struggles after ECB officials reopen easing debate; yen firmer

TOKYO/SINGAPORE, March 27 (Reuters) – The euro held steady
near recent lows versus the dollar on Thursday after comments
from European Central Bank officials revived speculation about
further monetary easing to stave off potential deflation.

The euro traded at around $1.3784, hovering near a
low of $1.3749 hit twice in recent days, a break of which will
bring the currency to its lowest level since March 6.

Mar 27, 2014

Nikkei falls more than 1 pct on Ukraine, pension fund selling

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese shares fell more than one percent on Thursday, hit by renewed anxiety over the crisis in Ukraine and pressured by Japanese pension fund selling ahead of the financial year-end next week.

The Nikkei share average fell 1.4 percent to 14,268.28, closing in on this month’s low of 14,203.21, marked on March 17, though about half of the losses were due to the effect of many shares going ex-dividend.

Mar 27, 2014

Euro on defensive after ECB officials reopen easing debate

TOKYO (Reuters) – The euro was on the defensive on Thursday after comments from European Central Bank officials this week raised fresh speculation on further monetary easing to stave off potential deflation.

The euro traded at $1.37875, edging near a low of $1.3749 hit twice in recent days, a break of which will bring the currency to its lowest level since March 6.