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Mar 13, 2014

Asian shares tick up cautiously as China data looms

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares cautiously rebounded from two-week lows on Thursday though investors were in no mood to embrace risk ahead of a batch of Chinese data that may offer clues about the extent of its economic slowdown.

A standoff in Ukraine, signs of weakness and other risks in China’s economy and a massive fall in copper prices are spooking investors, though a flat close on Wall Street and some positive regional data helped to underpin some markets.

Mar 11, 2014

Nikkei rebounds ahead of BOJ, investors expect future easing

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Nikkei average gained on Tuesday, reflecting hopes that the Bank of Japan could signal later in the day its readiness to adopt more stimulus, although most investors do not expect the BOJ take any action yet.

Coal and oil companies led gains after they were heavily sold on Monday, in a possible sign of short-term trade dominating the market as caution over a slowdown in China and Ukraine tensions kept many investors on guard.

Mar 6, 2014

Asian shares win reprieve, euro hobbled ahead of ECB

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares could enjoy a reprieve on Thursday as diplomatic efforts moderate the crisis over Ukraine, while the euro comes under pressure as investors speculate whether the European Central Bank will ease policy later in the day.

Any steps the ECB takes to support the still-fragile euro zone economy could benefit some assets, though gains could be limited ahead of pivotal U.S. payrolls data on Friday.

Mar 4, 2014

Asian shares under pressure as Ukraine tensions mount

TOKYO, March 4 (Reuters) – Asian shares were on the
defensive on Tuesday as tensions over Ukraine showed no sign of
abating, with Russia tightening its grip on Crimea while the
West sought measures to deter Moscow.

Nikkei futures in Chicago pointed to a fall of
about 0.4 percent in Tokyo shares following a 1.3 percent fall
on Monday, while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares
outside Japan sagged 0.1 percent.

Mar 3, 2014

Global stocks tumble, oil prices jump on Ukraine standoff

TOKYO (Reuters) – Stock prices plummeted while oil prices shot up on Monday as escalating tensions between Russia and the West after Russia bloodlessly seized a part of Ukraine.

Kiev mobilised for war on Sunday after Russia declared its right to invade its neighbour, with their forces already controlling strategically important Crimea, an isolated Black Sea peninsula where Moscow has a naval base.

Mar 3, 2014

Stocks tumble, oil prices jump on Ukraine standoff

TOKYO (Reuters) – Stock prices plummeted while oil prices shot up on Monday as escalating tensions between Russia and the West after Russia bloodlessly seized a part of Ukraine.

Kiev mobilized for war on Sunday after Russia declared its right to invade its neighbor, with their forces already controlling strategically important Crimea, an isolated Black Sea peninsula where Moscow has a naval base.

Mar 3, 2014

Global stocks pressured, yen, Swiss franc rise on Ukraine anxiety

TOKYO (Reuters) – Escalating political tensions in Ukraine pressured Asian stocks on Monday, forcing anxious investors to cut their exposure to riskier assets in favour of traditional safe haven bets such as the Japanese yen and Swiss franc.

Ukraine mobilised for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically, after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbour, in the biggest confrontation between Russia and the West since the Cold War.

Mar 2, 2014

Stocks pressured, yen, Swiss franc rise on Ukraine anxiety

TOKYO, March 3 (Reuters) – Escalating political tensions in
Ukraine pressured Asian stocks on Monday, forcing anxious
investors to cut their exposure to riskier assets in favour of
traditional safe haven bets such as the Japanese yen and Swiss
franc.

Ukraine mobilised for war on Sunday and Washington
threatened to isolate Russia economically, after President
Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his
neighbour, in the biggest confrontation between Russia and the
West since the Cold War.

Feb 27, 2014

Asian shares get off to nervous start as Ukraine fears grow

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares got off to a shaky start on Thursday as emerging markets were rattled by escalating tensions in Ukraine, sending investors scurrying to the safety of the dollar and U.S. Treasuries.

Japanese stocks skidded in early trade, with the Nikkei .N225 off 0.7 percent while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS dipped 0.2 percent, and the Australian market gave up 0.3 percent .

Feb 25, 2014

Dollar steadies ahead of US data, nervous Asia eyes yuan weakness

TOKYO, Feb 25 (Reuters) – The dollar steadied against its
rivals in Asian trade on Tuesday with major currency pairs
sticking to tight ranges as traders awaited economic data later
in the session for more clarity on the pace of the U.S. economic
recovery.

Market participants in Asia remained focused on China, where
a recent spate of soft data has raised concerns about the
outlook for growth, in addition to lingering fears about the
impact of the government’s efforts to cool the property market.