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Nov 18, 2014

Japanese shares rebound, helped by U.S. megadeals

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese shares led a tentative recovery in Asian shares on Tuesday, drawing some support from two U.S. blockbuster acquisitions and anticipation of more European monetary stimulus.

A day after shock data showing Japan slipping into recession had rattled financial markets, Japan’s Nikkei rose 1.4 percent in early trade, erasing about a half of its 3.0 percent fall the previous day.

Nov 13, 2014

Asian shares weaken ahead of Chinese data

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares slipped slightly on Thursday as investors looked to a run of Chinese economic indicators due later in the day, while Wall Street shares ended a five-day winning streak as falling oil prices hurt energy stocks.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan ticked down 0.1 percent with resource-heavy Australian shares falling 0.5 percent.

Nov 12, 2014

Japanese shares hit seven-year highs on tax-relief hopes

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese stocks scaled seven-year highs on Wednesday on growing expectations Prime Minister Shinzo will postpone a planned sales tax hike to avoid damaging a fragile recovery, and call a snap election to bolster his political standing.

Equity markets in the rest of Asia moved little after a flat close in a holiday-thinned Wall Street session, with MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan off just 0.1 percent in early trade.

Nov 10, 2014

Asian shares firm after sound US data

TOKYO, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Asian shares gained on Monday
after U.S. jobs data pointed to solid economic growth, with Hong
Kong leading the gains after regulators set a date for a
long-awaited trading link between the Hong Kong and Shanghai
stock exchanges to open.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
rose 1.2 percent, led by 1.8 percent gains in
Hong Kong.

Nov 10, 2014

Asian shares firm after sound U.S., China data

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares held firm in early Monday trade after U.S. jobs data pointed to solid economic growth, while China’s export performance showed more resilience than some had expected. U.S. employers added 214,000 jobs in October, slightly below economists’ median forecast of 231,000, but logging the ninth consecutive month of gains of more than 200,000, the longest stretch since 1994.

Unemployment fell to a six-year low of 5.8 percent, but that did not improve wage growth, with average hourly earnings rising a slim 0.1 percent, falling short of a projected 0.2 percent gain.

Nov 7, 2014

Dollar index hits 4-year high as U.S. jobs test looms

SINGAPORE/TOKYO, Nov 7 (Reuters) – The dollar set a fresh
four-year high against a basket of major currencies on Friday,
with its near-term fortunes hinging on whether U.S. jobs data
will add to or temper optimism about the U.S. economy’s outlook.

The dollar has been flying high, buoyed by the view that the
U.S. Federal Reserve is on course to raise rates next year on
the back of a steadily recovering U.S. economy.

Nov 7, 2014

Dollar stands tall near 4-year high before U.S. jobs data

SINGAPORE/TOKYO, Nov 7 (Reuters) – The dollar held near a
four-year high against a basket of major currencies on Friday,
with its near-term fortunes hinging on whether U.S. jobs data
will add to or temper optimism about the U.S. economy’s outlook.

The dollar has been flying high, buoyed by the view that the
U.S. Federal Reserve is on course to raise rates next year on
the back of a steadily recovering U.S. economy.

Nov 7, 2014

Euro near 2-year low after ECB signals readiness to ease further

TOKYO, Nov 7 (Reuters) – The euro languished near two-year
lows against the dollar on Friday after European Central Bank
President Mario Draghi renewed his pledge to take necessary
steps to stimulate a sluggish euro zone economy.

Draghi said the ECB aims to increase its balance sheet size
towards the March 2012 levels, when it topped 3 trillion euros,
a trillion higher than the current level. He also said the
bank’s staff will prepare the groundwork.

Nov 6, 2014

Asian shares firm, dollar rides high on Wall St. gains

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares eked out small gains and the dollar was riding high on Thursday after generally solid U.S. economic data and expectations of business-friendly policies following the Republican Party’s election victory helped Wall Street shares to finish at a record high.

The euro was holding near two-year lows although the common currency could see a rebound if European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi scales back his readiness for more stimulus given reports of internal opposition to quantitative easing.

Oct 31, 2014

Yen sinks to seven-year low after BOJ tricks and treats investors

TOKYO (Reuters) – The yen tumbled to its lowest level in almost seven years against the dollar on Friday after the Bank of Japan shocked markets by unexpectedly easing policy further, citing mounting risks it would miss its inflation goal.

The BOJ raised its monetary base target to an annual increase of 80 trillion yen($724.5 billion) from 60-70 trillion yen and tripled its purchase of risk assets such as exchange traded funds (ETFs) and real estate investment trusts (REITs).