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Feb 12, 2015

Euro rally fades as Greek deal still up in the air

TOKYO/SYDNEY, Feb 12 (Reuters) – The euro took a dip on
Thursday as euro zone finance ministers failed to secure a new
debt agreement with Greece after a marathon meeting, while the
Australian dollar dived almost one percent after surprisingly
weak local jobs data.

The common currency slipped to $1.1309 from a high of
$1.1353 while it eased to 135.95 yen, having earlier
scaled a three-week peak of 136.70. Against sterling it pulled
back to 74.20 pence, having hit a seven-year trough
of 73.85 on Wednesday.

Feb 10, 2015

Commodity currencies gain on oil, China, as dollar consolidates

SYDNEY/TOKYO, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Commodity currencies held
on to modest gains made on talk of possible Chinese stimulus and
a notional bottoming-out of oil prices, while the U.S. dollar’s
payrolls-inspired rally ran out of steam.

The Australian dollar gained 0.4 percent to $0.7828
, keeping some distance from a 5 1/2-year low of $0.7627
touched a week ago following a rate cut by the Reserve Bank of

Feb 9, 2015

Asia shares stumble as weak China trade stokes growth worries

TOKYO, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Asian shares wobbled on Monday
after dismal Chinese trade data eclipsed a strong U.S. jobs
report, raising concerns about a deepening slowdown in the
world’s second-largest economy and sending the Australian dollar

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
slipped 0.3 percent with Australian shares
down 0.5 percent in early trade. U.S. stock futures also
shed 0.4 percent.

Feb 6, 2015

Japanese property shares struggle with deflation jitters

TOKYO, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Japan’s stimulus policies to reflate
asset prices in the world’s third-largest economy have broadly
lifted the stock market. But one sector – real estate – has been
shunted by equity investors, unconvinced a domestic property
revival is underway.

The TOPIX sub-index of real estate shares jumped
after the Bank of Japan’s first round of stimulus in April 2013.
Investors had hopes that Abenomics – a series of monetary and
fiscal policies implemented under the watch of Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe – would defeat deflation in an economy that had
barely grown over the last 20 years.

Jan 30, 2015

Commodity currencies feel heat; dollar, yen, euro stable

SYDNEY/TOKYO, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Commodity currencies nursed
hefty losses on Friday, as investors sent the Australian dollar
to 5 1/2 year lows as they bet on the Australian central bank
reducing interest rates when it meets next week.

While currencies from energy and resource producing
countries, such as Canada and Australia, struggled under the
weight of falling energy prices, the dollar, yen and euro were
locked in familiar ranges.

Jan 29, 2015

Asian shares skid as bullish Fed takes investors by surprise

TOKYO, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Asian shares extended losses on
Thursday after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view on the
U.S. economy and signalled that it remains firmly on track to
raise interest rates this year, despite an uncertain global

Spreadbetters predicted the weak tone would carry over into
European trade, with Britain’s FTSE 100 seen opening 63
to 81 points lower, or down 1.2 percent; Germany’s DAX
opening 116 to 145 points lower, or down 1.4 percent; and
France’s CAC 40 opening 60 to 74 points lower, or down
1.6 percent.

Jan 29, 2015

Asian shares tripped up by surprisingly bullish Fed

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares retreated on Thursday after the Federal Reserve unexpectedly lifted its view on the economy, signalling that the U.S. central bank remains firmly on track with plans to raise interest rates this year.

The Fed said falling energy prices boosted household purchasing power, even as it acknowledged a decline in certain inflation measures and added international developments would be taken into consideration.

Jan 28, 2015

Shares resilient as investors pin hopes on Fed; Apple outperforms

TOKYO/SYDNEY, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Asian stocks showed some
resilience on Wednesday as investors speculated whether the
Federal Reserve could take a dovish turn in its post-meeting
statement later in the session, amid signs a stronger dollar was
hurting U.S. corporate profits.

Apple Inc also provided some relief after the bell
as record iPhone sales helped it beat expectations, sending its
stock up more than 5 percent.

Jan 28, 2015

Dollar steps back, markets wary before Fed after weak data and earnings

TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar stepped back from an 11-year peak against a basket of currencies after soft spending data and disappointing earnings cast doubt on underlying optimism about the U.S. economy, but it found some support against Asian currencies.

Investors took profits from recent gains in the U.S. currency ahead of a Federal Reserve policy announcement later on Wednesday, which some think could show a more dovish bias due to the recent plunge in oil prices.

Jan 28, 2015

Global shares wilt, dollar nervous before Fed outcome; Apple outperforms

SYDNEY/TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stock markets followed Wall Street into the red on Wednesday, while the dollar was on edge following speculation the Federal Reserve could take a dovish turn in its post-meeting statement later in the session.

Apple Inc provided some relief after the bell as record sales of its iPhone line helped it beat expectations, sending its stock up more than 5 percent, helping to lift U.S. stock futures by 0.3 percent.