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Jul 30, 2015

Asian shares, dollar up on Fed’s economic optimism

TOKYO, July 30 (Reuters) – Asian shares were firm on
Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it saw the economy
and jobs continuing to strengthen, helping lift the dollar as
traders bet that higher U.S. interest rates were around the
corner.

Japan’s Nikkei rose 0.8 percent while Australian
shares tacked on 0.3 percent and South Korean shares
gained 0.2 percent.

Jul 29, 2015

Dollar eases vs yen ahead of Fed statement; kiwi edges up

TOKYO/SINGAPORE, July 29 (Reuters) – The dollar eased versus
the yen on Wednesday but held above a recent two-week low as
investors awaited hints from the U.S. Federal Reserve on the
timing and pace of future interest rate increases.

Ahead of the Fed’s policy statement due at 1800 GMT, trading
could be swayed by month-end related flows, with Wednesday being
the last trading day for settlement before the month end,
traders said.

Jul 29, 2015

Dollar holds firm ahead of Fed statement

TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar held on to its modest overnight gains in early Wednesday trade as traders look to any hints from the U.S. Federal Reserve on the timing and the pace of its future rate hikes.

Ahead of the Fed’s policy statement due at 1800 GMT (1400 EDT), trading could be swayed by various month-end related flows, with Wednesday being the last trading day for settlement before month-end, traders said.

Jul 10, 2015

Asian shares edge up, euro gains after new Greek proposals

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares and the euro gained in early Asian trade on Friday after Greece offered new reform proposals to creditors, raising hopes of a cash-for-reform deal at a weekend summit of European leaders.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was up 0.3 percent, but still on track for a weekly loss over 4 percent in a period marred by a savage correction in Chinese stock markets.

Jul 7, 2015

Asia shares win reprieve but Greece, China concerns limit gains

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks won a reprieve on Tuesday after sharp falls the previous day but investors remained on edge amid uncertainty over Greece’s position in the euro and volatility in mainland Chinese share markets.

Japan’s Nikkei .N225 rose 1.2 percent while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS, which fell to six-month low on Monday, was up 0.2 percent.

Jul 6, 2015

Euro, stocks hit by Greek vote; China bounces after rescue moves

SYDNEY/TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks and the euro stumbled on Monday after a Greek vote against austerity measures endangered its future in the single currency and raised the risk of a full-blown crisis in the euro zone.

U.S. equity futures dropped around 1.2 percent though they were off early lows. Japan’s Nikkei share index fell 1.4 percent while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.5 percent.

Jul 6, 2015

Euro, stocks slide as Greek ‘No’ vote heightens euro exit fears

SYDNEY/TOKYO (Reuters) – The euro and stock prices fell sharply in Asia on Monday after the Greeks had overwhelmingly rejected austerity measures demanded in return for bailout money, putting in doubt its continued place in the single currency.

U.S. equity futures dropped around 1.4 percent ESc1 while Japan’s Nikkei .N225 shares fell 1.4 percent and MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS dropped 0.5 percent.

Jul 3, 2015

Asia shares subdued as U.S. data disappoints, fret over Greece, China

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks were little changed on Friday, with investors reluctant to stake out fresh positions after disappointing U.S. employment data and cautious ahead of Greece’s weekend referendum which may decide its future in Europe.

China’s increasingly volatile markets may upstage Greek concerns in the session, after that country’s securities market regulator said it had opened an investigation into suspected market manipulation after a slump of more than 20 percent in Chinese stocks since mid-June.

Jul 1, 2015

Euro slips after Greece misses IMF repayment deadline

SYDNEY/TOKYO (Reuters) – The euro slipped in Asia on Wednesday with Greece’s fate still hanging in the balance after it became the first advanced economy to ever be in arrears to the International Monetary Fund.

The common currency eased 0.2 percent to $1.1128 EUR=, having suffered a 0.8 percent drop on Tuesday. It has been choppy between $1.0955 and $1.1279 this week in reaction to ever-changing developments in Greece.

Jun 30, 2015

Euro gives up gains as clock ticks before Greece’s likely default

TOKYO, June 30 (Reuters) – The euro slipped on Tuesday as
traders braced for the near certainty that Greece will default
on a repayment to the International Monetary Fund later in the
day, putting the country at risk of disruptive exit from the
euro zone.

The euro fell 0.4 percent to $1.1188, heading back to
a four-week low of $1.0955 struck overnight in a knee-jerk
reaction to heightened concern on the future of Greece and the
euro zone.