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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.

Mar 9, 2015

Strong U.S. jobs data stirs Fed rate hike expectations, hits stocks

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

Japan’s Nikkei fell 0.7 percent while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.5 percent.

Feb 26, 2015

Asian shares near five month high, dollar loses steam

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares prices held near five-month highs on Thursday after upbeat U.S. housing and Chinese factory data, while the dollar nursed modest losses following Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s comments.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS stood little changed near the five-month high hit on Wednesday while Japan’s Nikkei .N225 rose 0.2 percent.

Feb 23, 2015

Asian shares flat as investors digest Greek deal

TOKYO (Reuters) – An index of Asian shares got off to a lackluster start on Monday as many countries in the region returned from Lunar New Year holidays, with sentiment supported by relief that Greece reached a deal to avert an immediate fiscal crisis.

Euro zone ministers late on Friday agreed to extend Greece’s financial rescue package by four months, a shorter extension that the six months the country had sought. Although an initial relief over the last-minute deal boosted Wall Street shares to record highs late on Friday, Asian markets as a whole saw little follow-up buying.

Feb 22, 2015

Global stocks and euro start cautiously after Greece deal

TOKYO (Reuters) – Stock markets and the euro started the week on a cautious note on Monday as a Greek debt deal struck last week remained in the balance until Athens drew up a list of reforms to satisfy its creditors.

Although an initial relief over the last-minute deal boosted Wall Street shares to record highs late on Friday, Asian markets saw little follow-up buying.

Feb 22, 2015

Stocks and euro start cautiously after Greece deal

TOKYO, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Stock markets and the euro started
the week on a cautious note on Monday as a Greek debt deal
struck last week remained in the balance until Athens drew up a
list of reforms to satisfy its creditors.

Although an initial relief over the last-minute deal boosted
Wall Street shares to record highs late on Friday, Asian markets
saw little follow-up buying.

Feb 20, 2015

Dollar firm after upbeat data, euro on edge ahead of Greece talks

TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar held firm on Friday after upbeat U.S. jobless claims data yanked back market views in favour of an earlier rate hike by the Federal Reserve, while the euro stayed under pressure ahead of a crunch meeting on Greece’s bailout programme.

The dollar index stood at 94.396 .DXY =USD having gained 0.2 percent on Thursday as traders put their focus back on the relative strength of the U.S. economy.

Feb 19, 2015

JGBs spooked by ghost of 2003 as market volatility rises

TOKYO, Feb 19 (Reuters) – For many months it seemed certain
that with the Bank of Japan buying more bonds than the Ministry
of Finance issued, bond prices had nowhere to go but up.

But that conviction is being severely tested by a month-long
rout in Japanese government bond (JGB) prices which has damaged
many players’ trading books.

Feb 18, 2015

Euro supported by hopes for Greek debt deal; yen awaits Kuroda

TOKYO/SINGAPORE, Feb 18 (Reuters) – The euro held steady on
Wednesday, finding some support as investors held on to hopes
that Greece will find enough common ground with its euro zone
partners and avoid a chaotic exit from the currency union.

The euro traded at $1.1405, staying above this week’s
low of $1.13195 hit on Monday.