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Oct 28, 2015

Dollar edges up near 2-1/2-month high ahead of Fed outcome

TOKYO, Oct 28 (Reuters) – The dollar edged closer to a
2-1/2-month high against a basket of currencies on Wednesday as
traders awaited clues from the Federal Reserve about the timing
of a U.S. interest rate increase.

A rate hike at the Fed’s two-day policy meeting which ends
later on Wednesday is virtually priced out due to underlying
concerns over a slowdown in China and the broader impact on
global growth.

Oct 28, 2015

Dollar hovers below two-and-a-half-month high as data cloud Fed outlook

TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar hovered just below its 2-1/2-month high against a basket of currencies on Wednesday as traders looked for more signs from the Federal Reserve that U.S. interest rates are on course to rise.

U.S. economic data published on Tuesday hardly added to the case for a rate hike, with both durable goods orders and consumer sentiment falling short of market expectations.

Oct 28, 2015

Dollar hovers below 2-1/2-month high as data cloud Fed outlook

TOKYO, Oct 28 (Reuters) – The dollar hovered just below its
2-1/2-month high against a basket of currencies on Wednesday as
traders looked for more signs from the Federal Reserve that U.S.
interest rates are on course to rise.

U.S. economic data published on Tuesday hardly added to the
case for a rate hike, with both durable goods orders and
consumer sentiment falling short of market expectations.

Oct 26, 2015

Asian stocks rise on China rate cut, U.S. tech earnings

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks on Monday were close to wiping out all their losses since China’s shock currency devaluation in August, as global equities rallied after the Chinese central bank cut rates and U.S. tech giants provided upbeat earnings guidance.

MSCI’s index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose as much as 0.5 percent to hit its highest since Aug. 12 and last stood up 0.1 percent. Japan’s Nikkei jumped 1.1 percent to a two-month high.

Oct 26, 2015

Asian stocks advance on China rate cut, US tech earnings

TOKYO, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Asian stocks on Monday were close
to wiping out all their losses since China’s shock currency
devaluation in August, as global equities rallied after the
Chinese central bank cut rates to shore up faltering growth in
the world’s second-largest economy.

Japan’s Nikkei rose 1.0 percent to a two-month high
while South Korea’s Kospi gained 0.4 percent and the
Australian shares edged up 0.3 percent.

Oct 23, 2015

Euro slides to 2-month low as Draghi hints at stimulus

TOKYO, Oct 23 (Reuters) – The euro skidded to two-month lows
against the dollar on Friday, a day after the European Central
Bank hinted at more stimulus in December, tipping the common
currency into one of its biggest falls in recent years.

The euro fell to as low as $1.1072 at one point in
Asian trade, breaking below the $1.11 mark, which has been a
major support for the currency in the last several weeks. It
last traded at $1.1104.

Oct 23, 2015

Euro slides to two-month low after ECB signals December easing

TOKYO (Reuters) – The euro skidded to two-month lows against the dollar on Friday after the European Central Bank opened the door to more stimulus as early as December, leaving the single currency shaken a day after it had posted one of the biggest falls in recent years.

The euro fell to as low as $1.1072 EUR= in early Asian trade, breaking below the $1.11 mark, which has been a major support for the currency in the last several weeks.

Oct 23, 2015

Euro slides to 2-month low after ECB signals Dec easing

TOKYO, Oct 23 (Reuters) – The euro skidded to two-month lows
against the dollar on Friday after the European Central Bank
opened the door to more stimulus as early as December, leaving
the single currency shaken a day after it had posted one of the
biggest falls in recent years.

The euro fell to as low as $1.1072 in early Asian
trade, breaking below the $1.11 mark, which has been a major
support for the currency in the last several weeks.

Oct 22, 2015

Dai-ichi Life to buy foreign bonds if yen temporarily strengthens

TOKYO, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Japan’s $385 billion Dai-ichi Life
Insurance said it will use temporary bouts of strength
in the yen to buy foreign bonds and shares – without incurring
the extra expense of hedging (limiting) its currency risks.

Yasuyuki Watanabe, deputy general manager of investment
planning at Japan’s second-largest private insurer told
reporters it would be targetting foreign assets in the financial
year ending March, and could buy domestic stocks as well.

Oct 22, 2015

Asian shares on defensive as ECB kicks off event-heavy period

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares were on the defensive on Thursday after a sharp fall in mainland Chinese shares rekindled worries about the health of China’s economy while investors awaited word from the European Central Bank on its plans regarding additional stimulus.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS fell 0.3 percent in early trade while Japan’s Nikkei .N225 dropped 0.5 percent.