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Nov 19, 2014

Exclusive – As debt piles up, Japan tries to lock in low borrowing costs

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan may borrow more debt over a longer horizon as the country steps up its already super-loose monetary policy to prop up economic growth and avoid slipping back into deflation.

The plan is seen aimed at taking advantage of central bank stimulus to lock in low borrowing costs for the longest period of time and to reduce the need for future debt rollovers as Japan’s public borrowings continue to snowball.

Nov 19, 2014

As debt piles up, Japan tries to lock in low borrowing costs

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan may borrow more debt over a longer horizon as the country steps up its already super-loose monetary policy to prop up economic growth and avoid slipping back into deflation.

The plan is seen aimed at taking advantage of central bank stimulus to lock in low borrowing costs for the longest period of time and to reduce the need for future debt rollovers as Japan’s public borrowings continue to snowball.

Nov 19, 2014

Japanese shares lose steam, Asian shares slip

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese shares gave up early gains on Wednesday as investors booked profits after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delayed a tax hike and said he would call a snap election to seek a fresh mandate for his economic policies.

Asian shares slipped to a three-week low as resource shares were hit by fall in oil and other commodity prices and as Chinese shares lost momentum as investors continued to take profits after Monday’s launch of the landmark Hong Kong-Shanghai trading link.

Nov 19, 2014

Japanese stocks rise on recovery hopes, BOJ meet in focus

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese stocks rose on Wednesday as investors held out hope for more robust growth after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delayed a tax hike and called an early election to seek a fresh mandate for his aggressive policies to shore up the economy.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was a touch lower while Japan’s Nikkei rose 0.6 percent after Abe’s announcement late on Tuesday.

Nov 18, 2014

Japanese shares rebound, helped by U.S. megadeals

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese shares led a tentative recovery in Asian shares on Tuesday, drawing some support from two U.S. blockbuster acquisitions and anticipation of more European monetary stimulus.

A day after shock data showing Japan slipping into recession had rattled financial markets, Japan’s Nikkei rose 1.4 percent in early trade, erasing about a half of its 3.0 percent fall the previous day.

Nov 13, 2014

Asian shares weaken ahead of Chinese data

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares slipped slightly on Thursday as investors looked to a run of Chinese economic indicators due later in the day, while Wall Street shares ended a five-day winning streak as falling oil prices hurt energy stocks.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan ticked down 0.1 percent with resource-heavy Australian shares falling 0.5 percent.

Nov 12, 2014

Japanese shares hit seven-year highs on tax-relief hopes

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese stocks scaled seven-year highs on Wednesday on growing expectations Prime Minister Shinzo will postpone a planned sales tax hike to avoid damaging a fragile recovery, and call a snap election to bolster his political standing.

Equity markets in the rest of Asia moved little after a flat close in a holiday-thinned Wall Street session, with MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan off just 0.1 percent in early trade.

Nov 10, 2014

Asian shares firm after sound US data

TOKYO, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Asian shares gained on Monday
after U.S. jobs data pointed to solid economic growth, with Hong
Kong leading the gains after regulators set a date for a
long-awaited trading link between the Hong Kong and Shanghai
stock exchanges to open.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
rose 1.2 percent, led by 1.8 percent gains in
Hong Kong.

Nov 10, 2014

Asian shares firm after sound U.S., China data

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares held firm in early Monday trade after U.S. jobs data pointed to solid economic growth, while China’s export performance showed more resilience than some had expected. U.S. employers added 214,000 jobs in October, slightly below economists’ median forecast of 231,000, but logging the ninth consecutive month of gains of more than 200,000, the longest stretch since 1994.

Unemployment fell to a six-year low of 5.8 percent, but that did not improve wage growth, with average hourly earnings rising a slim 0.1 percent, falling short of a projected 0.2 percent gain.

Nov 7, 2014

Dollar index hits 4-year high as U.S. jobs test looms

SINGAPORE/TOKYO, Nov 7 (Reuters) – The dollar set a fresh
four-year high against a basket of major currencies on Friday,
with its near-term fortunes hinging on whether U.S. jobs data
will add to or temper optimism about the U.S. economy’s outlook.

The dollar has been flying high, buoyed by the view that the
U.S. Federal Reserve is on course to raise rates next year on
the back of a steadily recovering U.S. economy.