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May 20, 2014

BOJ’s stance, falling global debt yields support yen

TOKYO, May 20 (Reuters) – The yen held near a 3 1/2-month
high against the dollar and the euro on Tuesday, supported by
diminishing expectations of stimulus by the Bank of Japan as
well as falling U.S. and European bond yields.

The dollar traded at 101.54 yen, a day after falling
to 101.10 yen, its lowest level since early February – briefly
breaking below its 200-day moving average at 101.25 yen.

May 20, 2014

Yen buoyed by BOJ’s stance, falling global yields

TOKYO, May 20 (Reuters) – The yen held near a 3 1/2-month
high against the dollar and the euro on Tuesday, supported by
diminishing expectations of stimulus by the Bank of Japan as
well as falling U.S. and European bond yields.

The dollar traded at 101.48 yen, a day after falling
to 101.10 yen, its lowest level since early February — briefly
breaking below its 200-day moving average at 101.25 yen.

May 19, 2014

Asian shares soft, China slowdown fears resurface

TOKYO (Reuters) – Chinese shares led Asia markets down on Monday, as concerns about slower growth in the world’s second-biggest economy checked risk appetite and took a large slice off Australian equities.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS ticked down 0.3 percent, led by Australian shares falling 1.0 percent.

May 19, 2014

Global shares flat as investors ponder central bank policy options

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares trod water on Monday as investors looked to test a theory that the world’s major central banks will continue to keep monetary policy easy and in some cases loosen further.

Japan’s Nikkei share average rose 0.2 percent .N225, while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS ticked down 0.1 percent.

May 19, 2014

Shares flat as investors ponder central bank policy options

TOKYO, May 19 (Reuters) – Asian shares trod water on Monday
as investors looked to test a theory that the world’s major
central banks will continue to keep monetary policy easy and in
some cases loosen further.

Japan’s Nikkei share average rose 0.2 percent, while
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
ticked down 0.1 percent.

May 15, 2014

Asian shares inch up, Europe seen lower

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares recouped early losses on Thursday but held below the previous session’s one-month highs, while expectations of credit easing by the European Central Bank knocked yields on U.S. and European bonds.

Financial spreadbetters expected Britain’s FTSE 100 to open 6 to 8 points lower, or down 0.1 percent; Germany’s DAX to open 25 to 29 points lower, or down 0.3 percent; and France’s CAC 40 to open 8 to 9 points lower, or down 0.2 percent.

May 15, 2014

Asian shares tread water, bonds supported

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares pared early losses on Thursday but held below the previous session’s one-month highs, while expectations of credit easing by the European Central Bank knocked yields on U.S. and European bonds.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was marginally lower, after it rose to its highest level since April 10 on Wednesday. Shares struggled to rise after Wall Street retreated overnight from record highs marked the day before.

May 15, 2014

Asian shares step back from highs, bonds supported

TOKYO, May 15 (Reuters) – Asian shares stepped back from a
one-month high on Thursday, tracking a retreat on Wall Street,
while expectations of credit easing by the European Central Bank
knocked down yields on U.S. and European bonds.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
dipped 0.1 percent from one-month high hit on
Wednesday as Wall Street shares retreated overnight from record
highs hit the day before.

May 13, 2014

Euro stabilises for now but seen shackled by ECB prospects

TOKYO, May 13 (Reuters) – The euro stabilised near one-month
lows against the dollar on Tuesday, although it remains under
pressure as investors expect the European Central Bank to try to
limit its longer-term strength in a bid to boost the euro-zone
economy.

The euro fetched $1.3755, near its one-month low of
$1.3745 hit on Friday, having fallen 1.2 percent since ECB chief
Mario Draghi said the bank was ready to take action next month
to lift economic growth.

May 12, 2014

Asian shares cautious on Ukraine anxiety; China, India lead gains

TOKYO (Reuters) – Shares made a cautious advance on Monday though gains were capped as investors braced for a possible escalation in Ukraine’s civil conflicts after anti-Kiev rebels declared victory in a referendum on self-rule.

Hopes of capital market reform boosted Chinese shares while Indian shares surged to record high on the prospect of a more business-friendly government winning India’s general election, with exit polls later coming out later in the day.