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Aug 11, 2015

Nikkei erases gains on profit-taking as China devalues yuan

TOKYO, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Japan’s Nikkei share average edged
down on Tuesday, erasing its earlier rise to near its 18
1/2-year high hit earlier this year, as investors took profits
after the Chinese central bank devalued the yuan.

Market players say the move was more of a knee-jerk reaction
to China’s sudden announcement with many market players still
trying to figure out its long-term implications.

Aug 10, 2015

Asian stocks on defensive on weak China data, Fed rate view

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares were on the defensive on Monday after new indications of a slowdown in the Chinese economy strained the nerves of markets already unsettled by the prospect of a U.S. interest rate hike in September.

Japan’s Nikkei .N225 fell 0.4 percent and South Korean shares .KS11 dropped 0.3 percent. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS stood near its 1 1/2-year low hit last month and stood flat.

Aug 7, 2015

Japan’s Toshiba, Tepco find no place in JPX400 index reshuffle

TOKYO, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Scandal-hit Toshiba Corp
and Fukushima nuclear plant operator Tokyo Electric Power
Company (Tepco) did not make it to a key index of
companies with strong corporate governance and profitability,
the index compiler said on Friday.

The JPX-Nikkei Index 400 is widely seen as
reflecting efforts by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to boost
corporate Japan’s profitability – and share prices – through
greater shareholder pressure.

Aug 7, 2015

Nikkei falls on profit-taking in recent gainers ahead of US data

TOKYO, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Japan’s Nikkei share average edged
down on Friday as investors took profits from recent high flyers
such as drugmakers, railways and retailers ahead of U.S. jobs
data due later in the day.

While Japanese companies’ earning results for April-June
have been generally solid, concerns over a slowing growth in
China and possible fallout from a likely U.S. rate hike kept
investors cautious.

Aug 6, 2015

Japan’s “role model” index set to include Fukushima operator Tepco

TOKYO, Aug 6 (Reuters) – A stock index that is supposed to
be made up of the best of Japanese companies with high
profitability and strong corporate governance may welcome an
unlikely new entrant this week.

Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), notorious for
its mishandling of the Fukushima nuclear disaster four years
ago, is widely expected to be added to the JPX-Nikkei Index 400
when an annual review is announced on Friday.

Aug 6, 2015

Asia shares drop, dollar firm; data supports expectations for Fed hike

TOKYO/SINGAPORE Aug 6 (Reuters) – Asian shares fell and
European markets were set to follow suit on Thursday, while the
dollar held firm after strong U.S. data and comments from a
Federal Reserve governor fanned expectations of an interest rate
hike in September.

Dollar-denominated MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific
shares outside Japan slid 0.8 percent at 0606
GMT.

Aug 6, 2015

Asia shares drop, dollar firm; U.S. data signals Sept hike

TOKYO/SINGAPORE Aug 6 (Reuters) – Asian shares were mostly
down while the dollar held firm on Thursday after strong U.S.
service-sector data and comments from a Fed governor boosted
confidence in the economy and fanned expectations of a interest
rate hike in September.

Japan’s Nikkei share average rose 0.7 percent at
0227 GMT while South Korea’s Kospi reversed earlier gains to
drop 0.7 percent.

Aug 6, 2015

Global shares, dollar firm; U.S. data points to Sept. rate hike

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares mostly rose while the dollar held firm on Thursday after strong service-sector data and comments from a Fed policymaker boosted optimism about the United State economy and fanned expectations of a U.S. rate hike in September.

Japan’s Nikkei .N225 rose 0.9 percent while South Korea’s Kospi gained 0.3 percent.

Aug 6, 2015

Shares, dollar firm; U.S. data points to Sept rate hike

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares mostly rose while the dollar held firm on Thursday after strong service-sector data and comments from a Fed policymaker boosted optimism about the United State economy and fanned expectations of a U.S. rate hike in September.

Japan’s Nikkei .N225 rose 0.9 percent while South Korea’s Kospi gained 0.3 percent.

Aug 5, 2015

Nikkei edges up on some positive earnings, Toyota falls

TOKYO, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Japan’s Nikkei share average edged
up on Wednesday as construction firms and real estate developers
gained on earnings but Toyota Motor and other cyclical shares
buckled under concerns about slower global growth.

The Nikkei average rose 0.5 percent to 20,626.85
while the broader Topix gained 0.6 percent to 1,670.03.