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May 12, 2014

Shares off to a cautious start on Ukraine anxiety

TOKYO, May 12 (Reuters) – Asian shares began the week on a
cautious note on Monday as investors braced for an esclation in
East-West tensions after pro-Moscow rebels declared victory in a
referendum on self-rule in eastern Ukraine.

Organisers of the weekend referendum said nearly 90 percent
had voted in favour, possibly opening the way for the region to
break away from Kiev in a conflict increasingly out of control.

May 8, 2014

Asian shares up on Yellen, China trade data, Ukraine

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares got a lift on Thursday from dovish comments by the U.S. Federal Reserve chief and upbeat Chinese trade data that suggested some signs of stabilisation in the world’s second-largest economy.

Risk assets were also underpinned by signs of easing tensions in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin called on pro-Moscow separatists to postpone a secession vote.

May 8, 2014

Asian shares up on Yellen comments, China trade data

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares got a lift on Thursday from dovish comments by the U.S. Federal Reserve chief and upbeat Chinese trade data that suggested some signs of stabilisation in the world’s second-largest economy.

Risk assets were also underpinned by signs of easing tensions in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin called on pro-Moscow separatists to postpone a secession vote.

May 8, 2014

Asian shares up on Yellen’s dovish comments

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares drew a measure of comfort from dovish comments by the U.S. Federal Reserve chief and signs of easing tensions in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin called on pro-Moscow separatists to postpone a succession vote.

Nikkei share average rose 0.7 percent while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan ticked up 0.15 percent, inching away from five-week lows hit on Wednesday.

May 8, 2014

Asian shares up on Yellen comments, focus turns to China data

TOKYO, May 8 (Reuters) – Asian shares drew a measure of
comfort from dovish comments by the U.S. Federal Reserve chief
and signs of easing tensions in Ukraine after Russian President
Vladimir Putin called on pro-Moscow separatists to postpone a
succession vote.

Nikkei share average rose 0.7 percent while MSCI’s
broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
ticked up 0.15 percent, inching away from
five-week lows hit on Wednesday.

Apr 25, 2014

Dai-ichi Life says will not buy JGBs at current yields

TOKYO, April 25 (Reuters) – Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co
, Japan’s second-largest private life insurer, will not
buy Japanese government bonds at current low yields, a senior
company official said on Friday.

The institutional investor, with total assets of about 35
trillion yen ($342 billion), instead plans to allocate more
funds to foreign bonds in the financial year to March and is
also warming to domestic stocks and other riskier assets.

Apr 25, 2014

Dollar steady near 1-week low vs yen, held back by Ukraine tensions

TOKYO/SINGAPORE, April 25 (Reuters) – The dollar held steady
near a one-week low versus the yen on Friday, struggling to gain
traction as rising tension in Ukraine undermined optimism about
U.S. economic growth.

The dollar last stood at 102.35 yen, not very far
from a one-week low of 102.085 set on Thursday, when rising
tensions in Ukraine helped keep risk appetite in check.

Apr 25, 2014

Dollar under pressure on rising Ukraine tension

TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar came under pressure against the yen on Friday as rising tension in Ukraine undermined optimism about U.S. economic growth following strong U.S. durable goods data.

The dollar traded at 102.30 yen, near a one-week low of 102.085 hit on Thursday, after Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on Thursday as they closed in on the separatists’ military stronghold in the east.

Apr 23, 2014

Japan’s Sumitomo Life plans a shift to foreign bonds from JGBs

TOKYO, April 23 (Reuters) – Sumitomo Life Insurance, Japan’s
fourth-largest life insurer, plans to shift some funds out of
long-term domestic bonds to foreign bonds in the year to March,
as bond yields in Japan are too low, a senior company official
said on Wednesday.

Sumitomo Life, with total assets of about 26
trillion yen ($253.4 billion), also plans to take more currency
risks in foreign bonds, said Iwao Matsumoto, general manager of
investment planning at the insurer.

Apr 22, 2014

Weak China shares depress Asia, Ukraine also a risk

TOKYO, April 22 (Reuters) – Extended weakness in Chinese
shares, driven by worries over liquidity and earnings, put a
brake on other Asian stock markets on Tuesday despite Wall
Street stocks rallying into a fifth session.

Although Japan’s Nikkei share average held onto
marginal gains and was up 0.3 percent, MSCI’s broadest index of
Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was almost
flat, while trading not far from a six-month high hit earlier
this month.