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Mar 25, 2014

Asian shares on defensive, hoping for China stimulus plan

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares were in a defensive mode on Tuesday after Wall Street fell overnight, though still-vague hopes of a new stimulus plan in China could improve investor sentiment.

U.S. Treasuries prices fell, with the benchmark two-year yield hitting a six-month high as investors grew nervous that the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates sooner than expected. Bond yields rise when prices fall.

Mar 24, 2014

U.S. dollar rally needs fresh catalyst, Aussie dips on China survey

SYDNEY/TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar held on to last week’s gains on Monday though it lacked a fresh catalyst to extend them while the Australian dollar dipped after a soft Chinese manufacturing data.

The dollar index .DXY stood at 80.143, little changed from late New York levels on Friday, but still not far off a three-week peak of 80.354 set on Thursday.

Mar 19, 2014

Dollar steady near 4-month low ahead of Yellen’s debut

TOKYO, March 19 (Reuters) – The dollar stood near its lowest
level in more than four months against a basket of currencies on
Wednesday, on some trepidation ahead of Janet Yellen’s inaugural
policy review as the Federal Reserve’s chief.

The dollar, however, climbed against the Chinese yuan, which
fell past 6.20 per dollar for the first time since
April 2013.

Mar 19, 2014

Dollar restrained near 4-month lows ahead of Yellen’s debut

TOKYO, March 19 (Reuters) – The dollar stood near its lowest
level in more than four months against a basket of currencies on
Wednesday, on some trepidation ahead of Janet Yellen’s inaugural
policy review as the Federal Reserve’s chief.

Global markets breathed a sigh of relief after Russian
President Vladimir Putin said he did not plan to seize other
regions of Ukraine, a day after Crimean citizens voted to be
annexed by Moscow.

Mar 18, 2014

Nikkei rebounds 1.2 pct from 6-wk low, helped by relative calm in Ukraine

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese shares rebounded on Tuesday, taking heart from gains on Wall Street on the back of relief that Crimea’s vote to join Russia passed without major violence and on fairly upbeat U.S. data.

The Nikkei share average rose 1.2 percent to 14,452.33, recovering from a six-week closing low hit on Monday, though it is still down over five percent from a five-week high around 15,300 reached on March 7.

Mar 17, 2014

Global shares under duress as diplomatic tensions rise on Crimea

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares took refuge near one-month lows as Western countries issued fresh warnings of more sanctions on Moscow after Crimea voted overwhelmingly to break from Ukraine to join Russia, as expected.

Japan’s Nikkei led the losses with fall of 0.3 percent, sliding to one-month low while U.S. stock futures fell as much as 0.5 percent to three-week low at one point.

Mar 17, 2014

Shares under duress as diplomatic tensions rise on Crimea

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares took refuge near one-month lows as Western countries issued fresh warnings of more sanctions on Moscow after Crimea voted overwhelmingly to break from Ukraine to join Russia, as expected.

Japan’s Nikkei led the losses with fall of 0.3 percent, sliding to one-month low while U.S. stock futures fell as much as 0.5 percent to three-week low at one point.

Mar 13, 2014

Asian shares tick up cautiously as China data looms

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares cautiously rebounded from two-week lows on Thursday though investors were in no mood to embrace risk ahead of a batch of Chinese data that may offer clues about the extent of its economic slowdown.

A standoff in Ukraine, signs of weakness and other risks in China’s economy and a massive fall in copper prices are spooking investors, though a flat close on Wall Street and some positive regional data helped to underpin some markets.

Mar 11, 2014

Nikkei rebounds ahead of BOJ, investors expect future easing

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Nikkei average gained on Tuesday, reflecting hopes that the Bank of Japan could signal later in the day its readiness to adopt more stimulus, although most investors do not expect the BOJ take any action yet.

Coal and oil companies led gains after they were heavily sold on Monday, in a possible sign of short-term trade dominating the market as caution over a slowdown in China and Ukraine tensions kept many investors on guard.

Mar 6, 2014

Asian shares win reprieve, euro hobbled ahead of ECB

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares could enjoy a reprieve on Thursday as diplomatic efforts moderate the crisis over Ukraine, while the euro comes under pressure as investors speculate whether the European Central Bank will ease policy later in the day.

Any steps the ECB takes to support the still-fragile euro zone economy could benefit some assets, though gains could be limited ahead of pivotal U.S. payrolls data on Friday.