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May 29, 2014

Asian shares consolidate recent gains

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares consolidated their recent gains on Thursday while global bond prices surged, pushing their yields to multi-month lows, both supported by expectations of easy monetary policy.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan stood flat near one-year high hit on Wednesday, while Japan’s Nikkei share average shed 0.5 percent after gains after five straight days of gains.

May 29, 2014

Asian shares consolidate gains, bonds fly high

TOKYO, May 29 (Reuters) – Asian shares consolidated their
recent gains on Thursday while global bond prices surged,
pushing their yields to multi-month lows, both supported by
expectations of easy monetary policy.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
stood flat near one-year high hit on Wednesday,
while Japan’s Nikkei share average shed 0.5 percent
after gains after five straight days of gains.

May 27, 2014

Euro bounces but ECB easing prospects restrain gains

SYDNEY/TOKYO, May 27 (Reuters) – The euro bounced back from
a three-month low against the dollar on Tuesday, but the uptick
failed to relieve persistent pressure from expectations of
monetary easing by the European Central Bank next week.

The common currency climbed to $1.3656, from Monday’s
three-month low of $1.3615. Against the yen, it traded at 139.24
, off a low of 138.73. Just last week, the euro hit a
three-month trough of 138.15.

May 26, 2014

Asian shares hit one-year high

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares hit one-year high on Monday thanks to a strong session on Wall Street and a decisive win for billionaire Petro Poroshenko in Ukraine’s presidential election.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan briefly rose 0.2 percent and was last trading up 0.1 percent. Japan’s Nikkei share average gained 1.0 percent to a 7-week high, though trade was slow due to market holidays in London and New York.

May 26, 2014

Asian shares hit one-year high on Wall Street rally, Ukraine vote

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares hit one-year high on Monday thanks to a strong session on Wall Street and a decisive win for billionaire Petro Poroshenko in Ukraine’s presidential election.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS rose 0.15 percent while Japan’s Nikkei share average .N225 gained 0.7 percent to hit one-month high.

May 26, 2014

Asian shares firm on Wall Street record, Ukraine vote

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese shares rose in a steady start for Asian equities on Monday thanks to a strong session on Wall Street, and as a decisive win for Ukrainian billionaire Petro Poroshenko in the nation’s presidential election ensured a tense runoff round won’t be required.

Tokyo’s Nikkei average .N225 climbed 0.7 percent while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS stood almost flat, just shy of one-year highs hit on Friday.

May 21, 2014

BOJ should prepare markets for tapering: Harvard economist

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Bank of Japan should start preparing financial markets for a withdrawal from its massive stimulus as the bank’s inflation target is coming within reach, a Harvard economist known for his strong support for Abenomics said on Wednesday.

“They should be talking about tapering at a minimum, and they should begin preparing financial markets for a regime after 2 percent, a shift from stimulating aggregate demand to stimulating aggregate supply,” Dale W. Jorgenson, professor of economics at Harvard University, told the Reuters Japan Investment Summit.

May 20, 2014

BOJ’s stance, falling global debt yields support yen

TOKYO, May 20 (Reuters) – The yen held near a 3 1/2-month
high against the dollar and the euro on Tuesday, supported by
diminishing expectations of stimulus by the Bank of Japan as
well as falling U.S. and European bond yields.

The dollar traded at 101.54 yen, a day after falling
to 101.10 yen, its lowest level since early February – briefly
breaking below its 200-day moving average at 101.25 yen.

May 20, 2014

Yen buoyed by BOJ’s stance, falling global yields

TOKYO, May 20 (Reuters) – The yen held near a 3 1/2-month
high against the dollar and the euro on Tuesday, supported by
diminishing expectations of stimulus by the Bank of Japan as
well as falling U.S. and European bond yields.

The dollar traded at 101.48 yen, a day after falling
to 101.10 yen, its lowest level since early February — briefly
breaking below its 200-day moving average at 101.25 yen.

May 19, 2014

Asian shares soft, China slowdown fears resurface

TOKYO (Reuters) – Chinese shares led Asia markets down on Monday, as concerns about slower growth in the world’s second-biggest economy checked risk appetite and took a large slice off Australian equities.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS ticked down 0.3 percent, led by Australian shares falling 1.0 percent.