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Oct 24, 2014

U.S. stock futures tumble on reports of Ebola case in NY

TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. stock futures tumbled while safe-haven assets such as the yen and U.S. bonds gained on Friday after media reported that a doctor who returned to New York City from West Africa has tested positive for Ebola.

S&P mini futures fell as much as 0.7 percent to 1,931.75, slipping from two-week highs hit the previous day on budding optimism on corporate earnings and the global economy.

Oct 24, 2014

Asian stocks advance on positive earnings, data

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares climbed on Friday after upbeat U.S. corporate earnings, solid U.S. economic data, and an unexpected uptick in euro zone business sentiment helped ease concerns that the global economy was losing momentum.

Japan’s Nikkei share average .N225 rose 1.4 percent while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was up 0.1 percent.

Oct 23, 2014

Asia stocks hobbled by growth anxiety, China PMI fails to impress

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares sagged on Thursday after a retreat on Wall Street and falling crude oil prices rekindled investor anxiety over slowing global growth, while a mixed picture on Chinese manufacturing failed to impress markets.

Japan’s Nikkei share average fell 0.4 percent while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.3 percent.

Oct 23, 2014

Asian shares hit by Wall St. fall, China PMI in focus

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares sagged on Thursday after a retreat on Wall Street and falling crude oil prices revived investor concerns over slowing global growth, as markets nervously waited for Chinese and European manufacturing reports later in the day.

Japan’s Nikkei share average .N225 fell 0.8 percent while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS dropped 0.27 percent.

Oct 22, 2014

Euro on defensive after ECB bond buying report, yen soft

TOKYO, Oct 22 (Reuters) – The euro flirted with one-week
lows on Wednesday following a Reuters report that the European
Central Bank is considering buying corporate bonds, while a
recovery in risk appetite underpinned the dollar against the
yen.

The euro briefly fell to $1.2706 its lowest level
since Thursday and last stood at $1.2723, little changed from
late U.S. levels but still lethargic after 0.7 percent fall on
Tuesday.

Oct 22, 2014

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa seeks to top up U.S. bond holdings on dollar dips

TOKYO, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Sompo Japan Nipponkoa,
one of the big three Japanese non-life insurers, will look for
dips in the dollar versus the yen to top up its foreign bond
investments, a senior investment planning official at the
company said on Wednesday.

The company has a cautious view on the euro and much of its
foray into foreign bonds is likely to be in dollars, especially
liquid assets such as U.S. Treasuries, said Takuro Nishida,
section manager of investment planning at the firm.

Oct 22, 2014

Euro on defensive after ECB bond buy report, yen slips

TOKYO, Oct 22 (Reuters) – The euro flirted with one-week
lows on Wednesday following a Reuters report that the European
Central Bank is considering buying corporate bonds, while
recovery in risk appetite underpinned the dollar against the
yen.

The euro traded at $1.2710, near its lowest level
since Thursday last week after having fallen 0.7 percent on
Tuesday.

Oct 21, 2014

Sumitomo Life says plans to increase unhedged foreign bonds moderately

TOKYO, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Sumitomo Life plans to gradually
raise foreign bonds in its portfolio without currency hedging, a
senior company official said on Tuesday, as it expects the yen
to weaken further.

Although the yen has strengthened in the past two weeks on
safe-haven buying from growing concerns over the health of the
global economy, Japan’s fourth-largest life insurer expects risk
appetite to come back eventually.

Oct 21, 2014

Dollar steady as currency majors brace for China data

TOKYO, Oct 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar started on a
steady footing on Tuesday, as foreign exchange markets braced
for a batch of Chinese economic indicators amid lingering
investor worries over signs of a slowdown in Asia’s economic
powerhouse and global growth.

The China data could influence investors’ perception on the
U.S. Federal Reserve’s monetary policy track, and by extension,
the fate of the U.S. dollar.

Oct 17, 2014

BOJ bill-buy offer fails to attract sellers, shows limits of easing strategy

TOKYO, Oct 17 (Reuters) – The Bank of Japan’s offer to buy
over $28 billion of government bills on Friday fell short of
enticing enough sellers, the first failure since the BOJ began
the current stimulus last year and a sign of the receding
potency of its easing programme.

The failure underscores growing difficulties of
force-feeding banks with liquidity as they become less eager to
take cash from the BOJ in a faltering economy. Commercial banks
are often struggling to find ways to expand their own lending.