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Feb 16, 2015

Shares, euro tumble as Greek debt talks break down

TOKYO, Feb 17 (Reuters) – U.S. stock futures and the euro
tumbled in early Asian trade on Tuesday after talks between
Greece and euro zone finance ministers broke down when Athens
rejected a proposal to request a six-month extension of its
international bailout programme.

U.S. stock futures fell to $2,082, about 0.8 percent
below its levels on Monday just before the news of euro zone
finance ministers’ meeting hit the wire.

Feb 16, 2015

Euro drifts up on hopes of compromise at euro zone meeting

TOKYO/SYDNEY (Reuters) – The euro edged up on Monday on hopes that Greece and euro zone finance ministers will find common ground to support Greece beyond the expiry of the current bailout program at the end of February.

Ahead of euro zone finance ministers’ meeting on Monday, Greece said it was confident of reaching agreement in negotiations with its euro zone partners, while reiterating it would not accept harsh austerity strings in any debt pact.

Feb 13, 2015

Asian shares jump on Ukraine ceasefire, Greece

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares soared on Friday on news of a ceasefire accord in Ukraine, while Sweden’s surprise move to cut its main rate into negative territory and hopes of a resolution between debt-strapped Greece and its creditors burnished risk appetite.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1.6 percent. Japan’s Nikkei slipped 0.4 percent but the broader Topix avoided losses.

Feb 13, 2015

Asian shares jump on Ukraine ceasefire, Greek hopes

TOKYO, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Asian shares soared on Friday on
news of a ceasefire accord in Ukraine, while Sweden’s surprise
move to cut its main rate into negative territory and hopes of a
resolution between debt-strapped Greece and its creditors
burnished risk appetite.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
rose 1.6 percent. Japan’s Nikkei slipped
0.4 percent but the broader Topix avoided losses.

Feb 13, 2015

Asian shares jump on Ukraine ceasefire, hopes on Greece

TOKYO, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Asian shares gained on Friday on
news of a ceasefire accord in Ukraine, while Sweden’s surprise
move to cut its main rate into negative territory and hopes of a
resolution between debt-strapped Greece and its creditors
burnished risk appetite.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
rose 1.1 percent. Japan’s Nikkei slipped
0.3 percent but the broader Topix tacked on 0.1 percent.

Feb 12, 2015

Euro rally fades as Greek deal still up in the air

TOKYO/SYDNEY, Feb 12 (Reuters) – The euro took a dip on
Thursday as euro zone finance ministers failed to secure a new
debt agreement with Greece after a marathon meeting, while the
Australian dollar dived almost one percent after surprisingly
weak local jobs data.

The common currency slipped to $1.1309 from a high of
$1.1353 while it eased to 135.95 yen, having earlier
scaled a three-week peak of 136.70. Against sterling it pulled
back to 74.20 pence, having hit a seven-year trough
of 73.85 on Wednesday.

Feb 10, 2015

Commodity currencies gain on oil, China, as dollar consolidates

SYDNEY/TOKYO, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Commodity currencies held
on to modest gains made on talk of possible Chinese stimulus and
a notional bottoming-out of oil prices, while the U.S. dollar’s
payrolls-inspired rally ran out of steam.

The Australian dollar gained 0.4 percent to $0.7828
, keeping some distance from a 5 1/2-year low of $0.7627
touched a week ago following a rate cut by the Reserve Bank of
Australia.

Feb 9, 2015

Asia shares stumble as weak China trade stokes growth worries

TOKYO, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Asian shares wobbled on Monday
after dismal Chinese trade data eclipsed a strong U.S. jobs
report, raising concerns about a deepening slowdown in the
world’s second-largest economy and sending the Australian dollar
sliding.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
slipped 0.3 percent with Australian shares
down 0.5 percent in early trade. U.S. stock futures also
shed 0.4 percent.

Feb 6, 2015

Japanese property shares struggle with deflation jitters

TOKYO, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Japan’s stimulus policies to reflate
asset prices in the world’s third-largest economy have broadly
lifted the stock market. But one sector – real estate – has been
shunted by equity investors, unconvinced a domestic property
revival is underway.

The TOPIX sub-index of real estate shares jumped
after the Bank of Japan’s first round of stimulus in April 2013.
Investors had hopes that Abenomics – a series of monetary and
fiscal policies implemented under the watch of Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe – would defeat deflation in an economy that had
barely grown over the last 20 years.

Jan 30, 2015

Commodity currencies feel heat; dollar, yen, euro stable

SYDNEY/TOKYO, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Commodity currencies nursed
hefty losses on Friday, as investors sent the Australian dollar
to 5 1/2 year lows as they bet on the Australian central bank
reducing interest rates when it meets next week.

While currencies from energy and resource producing
countries, such as Canada and Australia, struggled under the
weight of falling energy prices, the dollar, yen and euro were
locked in familiar ranges.