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Aug 26, 2015

U.S. stock futures resume descent, not much cheer from China rate cut

TOKYO, Aug 26 (Reuters) – U.S. stock futures resumed descent
in early Asian trade and Asian shares were seen on the defensive
on Wednesday as monetary easing by China’s central bank had
limited success in cheering up nervous investors.

U.S. S&P 500 mini futures fell 0.7 percent to
1,858.75, edging closer to Monday’s 10-month low of 1,831.

Aug 25, 2015

Asian shares resume slide on fears over Chinese economy

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks looked vulnerable to another sell-off on Tuesday, with investors gripped by fears of a hard landing for the Chinese economy, the world’s most important growth engine.

Japan’s Nikkei .N225 index fell 3.8 percent to six-month lows while the MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS hit fresh three-year lows.

Aug 24, 2015

Euro, yen surge as risk aversion intensifies; Aussie at 6-yr low

SYDNEY/TOKYO, Aug 24 (Reuters) – The euro hit a 6 1/2-month
high and the yen hit a 1 1/2-month high against the dollar on
Monday as investors dumped risk assets and flocked to currencies
often seen as safe havens on fears about a slowdown in the
Chinese economy.

The Australian dollar tanked to six-year lows and many
emerging market currencies plunged on worries about foreign
capital outflows after Chinese shares tumbled more than 8
percent.

Aug 24, 2015

Euro, yen rally as risk aversion intensifies, Aussie sinks

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The euro hit a 6 1/2-month high and the yen hit a 1 1/2-month high against the dollar on Monday as investors dumped risk assets and flocked to currencies often seen as safe havens.

The euro and the yen rose also as investors unwound their short positions.

“Markets are panicking. Things are starting look like the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s. Speculators are selling assets that seem the most vulnerable,” said Takako Masai, the head of research at Shinsei Bank in Tokyo.

Aug 21, 2015

Dollar slips as Fed rate hike hopes fade

TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar withered near six-week lows on Friday, reflecting doubts whether the Federal Reserve will be able to safely raise interest rates next month as once expected, given accumulating signs of stress in many parts of the global economy.

The dollar index =USD .DXY fell to as low as 95.711, its lowest level since early July, stepping back 2.7 percent from a high of 98.334 hit two weeks ago, when many market players had thought the Fed was most likely to raise rates in September.

Aug 20, 2015

Asian shares fragile, dollar loses edge on Fed minutes

TOKYO, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Concerns about slowing growth in
China pressured Asian shares and oil prices, while minutes from
the U.S. Federal Reserve’s July meeting dented expectations for
a rate hike in mid-September.

Japan’s Nikkei fell 0.3 percent in early trade while
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
was almost flat, barely holding above its
two-year low hit on Wednesday for now.

Aug 19, 2015

Asian shares weighed down by renewed China concerns

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares on Wednesday struggled to move away from two-year lows the previous day after big falls in Chinese shares raised fresh fear about the stability of China’s economy.

Japan’s Nikkei .N225 fell 0.2 percent. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS gained 0.4 percent, recovering from a two-year low hit on Tuesday, though it was still down almost 6 percent this month.

Aug 18, 2015

Asian shares hit 2-year lows as China woes, dollar firm

TOKYO, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Asian shares fell to a two-year
low on Tuesday on worries that cooling demand in China will
weigh on the trade-reliant region, while the dollar held firm
after strong U.S. housing data offset concerns from a weak
manufacturing report.

But spreadbetters expected better sentiment in Europe, with
Germany’s DAX, Britain’s FTSE and France’s CAC
40 all seen up 0.3 percent.

Aug 18, 2015

Asian shares bounce back from 2-year lows, dollar firm

TOKYO, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Asian shares recovered from
two-year lows on Tuesday as strong U.S. housing data offset
concerns from a weak U.S. manufacturing report, while the
dollar’s prospective yield advantage kept it firm.

Japan’s Nikkei rose 0.1 percent and most shares
markets in Asia rose, lifting the MSCI’s broadest index of
Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan 0.4 percent
from its two-year low marked on Monday.

Aug 18, 2015

Asian shares steady for now after mixed U.S. data

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares were steady on Tuesday after strong U.S. housing data offset concerns from a weak U.S. manufacturing report, while the dollar’s yield advantage kept it firm.

Japan’s Nikkei .N225 rose 0.1 percent while South Korean shares .KS11 gained 0.4 percent and Australian shares .AXJO rose 0.2 percent.