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Mar 26, 2014

Asia shares hit two-week highs on upbeat U.S. data, Ukraine hopes

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares raced to two-week highs on Wednesday, with investor confidence getting a much-needed boost from upbeat U.S. data and diminishing concerns over the Ukraine/Crimea crisis.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1.1 percent to its highest level since March 11, while Japan’s Nikkei ticked up 0.3 percent.

Mar 26, 2014

Asia shares hit 2-wk highs on upbeat U.S. data, China stimulus hopes

TOKYO, March 26 (Reuters) – Asian shares raced to two-week
highs on Wednesday, with investor confidence getting a much
needed boost from upbeat U.S. data and lingering hopes China may
take steps to stimulate its sagging economy.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
rose 0.8 percent to its highest level since
March 11 while Japan’s Nikkei ticked up 0.1 percent.

Mar 25, 2014

Asia shares edge up as upbeat data brighten U.S. outlook

TOKYO, March 26 (Reuters) – Asian shares edged higher in
early trade on Wednesday on fresh signs of strength in the U.S.
economy and diminishing concerns over the diplomatic standoff
between the West and Russia.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
was up 0.2 percent, with Australia stocks 0.6
percent higher. Nikkei futures <0#NIY:> last stood at 0.7
percent above their local close.

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.