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Sep 19, 2014

Sterling advances as Scotland poll shows support for Union

TOKYO, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Sterling rose to a two-week high
against the U.S. dollar and two-year peak against the euro on
Friday, taking comfort from a poll showing support for Scotland
to remain in the United Kingdom.

That came just after a referendum vote closed, helping push
the pound more than a half U.S. cent to $1.6461, its
highest since Sept. 4. The YouGov survey showed support for
Scottish independence amounted to 46 percent of the electorate
with 54 percent wanting to stay in the United Kingdom.

Sep 18, 2014

Dollar soars to 6-yr peak on yen after Fed, Tokyo stocks cheer

SYDNEY/TOKYO, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Japanese shares jumped on
Thursday after the dollar vaulted to a six-year peak on the yen
as the Federal Reserve’s outlook for rising rates underlined the
diverging path between the United states and the rest of the
rich world.

In other regional share markets, the reception was mixed,
with MSCI’s index of ex-Japan Asian shares falling to 12-week
lows, on the spectre of rising U.S. rates and slower economic
growth in China.

Sep 16, 2014

Japan’s negative yields show BOJ’s limits, as easing expectations rise

TOKYO, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The Bank of Japan has begun
paying banks for the privilege of lending them cash in a sign
the central bank is reaching the limits of its power to reflate
the economy, although it may soon be forced to pump yet more
money into the financial system.

Negative yields are more than a footnote in the BOJ’s
unprecedented “quantitative and qualitative easing” (QQE)
policy. They show that Governor Haruhiko Kuroda’s 18-month-old
monetary experiment is struggling barely halfway to its 2
percent inflation goal.

Sep 16, 2014

Asian shares on edge as investors brace for Fed

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares held near one-month lows on Tuesday as investors braced for a possible hawkish shift in the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy stance as the Fed begins a two-day policy meeting later in the day.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was little changed near one-month low hit on Monday after seven consecutive days of falls. Japan’s Nikkei stock average .N225 shed 0.3 percent, catching up after Tokyo markets were closed for a local holiday on Monday.

Sep 11, 2014

Dollar holds gains, kiwi stung by RBNZ, sterling shaky

SYDNEY/TOKYO (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar held near a six-year peak against the yen early on Thursday and powered to a seven-month high on its New Zealand peer, which fell after the country’s central bank said the kiwi’s current level was “unjustified and unsustainable”.

The U.S. dollar traded at 106.74 yen JPY=, after having scaled a six-year high of 106.89 yen in New York on Wednesday, which represented a gain of 1.7 percent so far this week.

Sep 10, 2014

Asia stocks take fright on Fed anxiety, dollar shines

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares tumbled on Wednesday as markets wagered the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates earlier than expected, sending U.S. bond yields higher and keeping the dollar well bid near 14-month highs against a basket of major currencies.

Some regional tech shares took a hit after Apple Inc stock fell as the initial excitement over its announcement of new products including a watch, larger iPhones and a mobile payment service, quickly evaporated.

Sep 10, 2014

Fed rate outlook shift buoys dollar, hurts shares

TOKYO (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar stood tall on Wednesday on growing expectations the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates earlier than expected, hitting shares and other assets that have benefitted from years of ultra-easy U.S. monetary policy.

Share of Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) turned lower as the initial excitement over its announcement of new products including a watch, larger iPhones and a mobile payment service, quickly evaporated.

Sep 9, 2014

Japan stands at crossroads of further yen weakness

TOKYO, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Japan is waking up to the reality
that a blessing can come with a curse: the weaker yen sought by
policymakers has a downside for some companies and the broader
economy.

The yen dropped to a six-year low of 106.39 yen
against the dollar on Tuesday, as investors factored in
expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates
as the U.S. economic recovery continues its gradual recovery.

Sep 4, 2014

Asian shares hit seven-year high on Ukraine, ECB hopes

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares edged up to a seven-year high on Thursday on growing hopes of a ceasefire in Ukraine, while investors also warmed to the idea of more monetary easing from the European Central Bank in the near future.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS rose 0.15 percent in early trade, led by gains in South Korean shares .KS11. Japan’s Nikkei average .N225 shed 0.1 percent.

Sep 3, 2014

Nikkei jumps to seven-month high on renewed “Abenomics” hopes

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese shares hit a seven-month high on Wednesday, with financial shares leading the gains, in the hope a cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe giving fresh impetus to his “Abenomics” growth-promoting policies.

Exporters’ shares also rode high as the yen weakened to an eight-month low and solid U.S. manufacturing data boosted their business prospects, even though U.S. shares ended mixed the previous day.