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Apr 13, 2015

Euro on defensive on yield pressure, Greece concerns

TOKYO, April 13 (Reuters) – The euro was on the defensive on
Monday morning, pressured by the European Central Bank’s
stimulus driving interest rates lower in the euro zone and on
concerns over talks between debt-strapped Greece and its
creditors over more funding for Athens.

The euro traded at $1.0615, flat on the day after
having touched a 3 1/2-week low of $1.05670 to post its fifth
straight day of losses on Friday.

Apr 10, 2015

Nikkei tops 20,000 for first time in 15 years; up 2.4 percent on week

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Nikkei share average topped the psychological 20,000-point mark on Friday for the first time in 15 years on hopes of stronger corporate earnings, and gained 2.4 percent on the week.

The Nikkei rose as high as 20,006 before ending down 0.2 percent at 19,907.63.

“Market opinion is divided over whether the 20,000 mark is just one point in a rally or a goal. Up until now, both camps were buying but from now some investors will be selling,” said Masayuki Doshida, senior market analyst at Rakuten Securities.

Apr 7, 2015

Dollar recovering as jobs shock fades; Aussie jumps on RBA

TOKYO/SYDNEY (Reuters) – The dollar held firm in Asia on Tuesday, having recovered almost all of its payroll-inspired losses while the Australian dollar jumped more than one percent after the Australian central bank refrained from cutting rates.

The dollar index stood at 97.040 .DXY, recovering from Monday’s low of 96.329, with the dent from surprisingly soft U.S. payroll data announced on Friday proving to be temporary.

Mar 16, 2015

Nikkei hits 15-year high on earnings, shareholder returns hopes

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese stocks edged up to hit a 15-year high on Monday, with financial and real estate companies leading the gains, as investors bet on steady improvement in the Japanese economy and increased shareholder returns.

The Nikkei share average rose 0.3 percent to 19,309.23, hitting a 15-year intraday high at one point and extending its gain so far this year to almost 11 percent, outpacing many other markets.

Mar 12, 2015

Asian shares rise as South Korea cuts rates

TOKYO (Reuters) – A surprise interest rate cut by South Korea’s central bank on Thursday helped lift an index of Asian stocks away from the previous session’s seven-week lows, while the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates buoyed the dollar.

The Bank of Korea’s monetary policy committee cut its base rate by 25 basis points to a record low of 1.75 percent, its first cut in five months. It joined its counterparts in other countries which have recently taken advantage of lower inflation to ease monetary policy to spur sluggish growth.

Mar 12, 2015

Dollar shines, global stocks on edge on U.S. rate prospects

TOKYO (Reuters) – The prospects of higher U.S. interest rates buoyed the dollar but also kept share prices in many countries in check on Thursday, with Asian stocks hovering around seven-week lows.

The dollar’s index against a basket of six major U.S. trader partners hit a 12-year high of 99.985 on Wednesday and last stood at 99.689. .DXY =USD.

Mar 12, 2015

Dollar shines, stocks on edge on U.S. rate prospects

TOKYO (Reuters) – The prospects of higher U.S. interest rates buoyed the dollar but also kept share prices in many countries in check on Thursday, with Asian stocks hovering around seven-week lows.

The dollar’s index against a basket of six major U.S. trader partners hit a 12-year high of 99.985 on Wednesday and last stood at 99.689. .DXY =USD.

Mar 9, 2015

Dollar basks in payrolls afterglow, Greece back in hot seat

SYDNEY/TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar drifted to a fresh 11-year high against a basket of major currencies early on Monday as markets wagered the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates sooner rather than later.

Surprisingly strong U.S. jobs data on Friday had put the chance of a mid-year Fed hike squarely on the table, sending Treasury yields sharply higher. That in turn re-energized the greenback’s rally.

Mar 9, 2015

Strong U.S. jobs data raises odds of Fed rate rise, hits Asian stocks

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks buckled while the dollar held firm on Monday after strong U.S. jobs data fanned expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve may raise interest rates sooner than previously thought.

Stock markets across Asia, including Japan’s Nikkei, Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia fell broadly, with MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropping 1.2 percent.

Mar 9, 2015

Strong U.S. jobs data raises odds of Fed rate rise, hits stocks

TOKYO, March 9 (Reuters) – Asian stocks buckled while the
dollar held firm on Monday after strong U.S. jobs data fanned
expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve may raise interest
rates sooner than previously thought.

Stock markets across Asia, including Japan’s Nikkei,
Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia fell broadly, with MSCI’s
broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
dropping 1.2 percent.