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Feb 25, 2014

Nikkei hits 3-1/2-week high on Wall Street rally, Softbank jumps

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Nikkei average advanced to a 3-1/2-week peak on Tuesday after a rally in Wall Street shares to historic highs triggered short-covering in battered Japanese stocks.

Shares of Softbank Corp climbed to their highest in a month on a report that the company is seeking to buy a stake in Line Corp, a mobile-messaging service controlled by South Korea’s Naver Corp.

Feb 25, 2014

Dollar steadies, attention turns to US data as Ukraine fears ebb

TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar steadied against its rivals in early Asian trade on Tuesday as traders sought more clarity on the pace of the U.S. economic recovery after a series of soft data releases in the past few weeks.

The dollar index .DXY stood at 80.21, near the middle of its range in the past week between 79.93 and 80.42, with safe-haven demand for the greenback receding on growing hopes Ukraine may find some stability after the fall of Russian-backed president Viktor Yanukovich.

Feb 21, 2014

Asian shares ride U.S. optimism, China remains a concern

TOKYO (Reuters) – A rosy survey on factory activity in the United States gave Asian share markets an early boost on Friday, though underlying concerns about China’s economic growth kept investors from rushing to buy riskier assets.

Japan’s Nikkei share average .N225 led the way, soaring 2.1 percent and Australian shares tacked on 0.6 percent to edge near a five-year peak hit in October. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS advance 0.4 percent.

Feb 18, 2014

Asian stocks steady, dollar wobbles near 6-week lows

TOKYO, Feb 18 (Reuters) – A string of disappointing U.S.
data pinned the dollar near six-week lows against a basket of
currencies on Tuesday, while Asian share markets held steady
after notching up solid gains in recent sessions.

The dollar index stood at 80.114 near its lowest
level so far this year while gold and silver stood near 3
1/2-month highs on the back of the dollar’s weakness.

Feb 13, 2014

Asian shares hold near 3-week high as China trade calms nerves

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian markets held steady near three-week highs on Thursday, as investors were cautiously optimistic after upbeat trade data from China eased concerns over the global economy and helped take some of the sting off the recent emerging markets turmoil.

The new Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s reassurance on U.S. monetary policy and economic outlooks also appear to have done enough for now to underpin risk appetite.

Feb 7, 2014

Asian shares stabilize after Wall Street rise, focus on U.S. jobs

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares regained a measure of stability on Friday, stepping further away from five-month lows after a strong night on Wall Street and hopeful signs an upcoming crucial U.S. jobs report will put to bed some of the global growth concerns.

In early trade, MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS rose 0.3 percent, a day after the index posted its biggest gains in over two months.

Feb 7, 2014

Asian shares stabilise after Wall St rise, focus on US jobs

TOKYO, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Asian shares regained a measure of
stability on Friday, stepping further away from five-month lows
after a strong night on Wall Street and hopeful signs an
upcoming crucial U.S. jobs report will put to bed some of the
global growth concerns.

In early trade, MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares
outside Japan rose 0.3 percent, a day after the
index posted its biggest gains in over two months.

Feb 6, 2014

Japan’s Nikkei breaches big supports, risks downward spiral

TOKYO, Feb 6 (Reuters) – A sharp fall in the Tokyo stock
market has been a rude awakening for investors who had bet 2014
would see Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s massive stimulus
finally bear fruit.

The Nikkei average underperformed most peers around
the world and fell below major technical support lines this
week, adding to a growing sense that the Japanese market has
entered a vicious cycle.

Feb 6, 2014

Asian shares take step forward, mood cautious

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares took a tentative step forward on Thursday as investors remained wary after the recent selloff in emerging markets raised concerns about the global economic outlook.

A mixed picture on global growth added to the cautious tone in global markets, with many looking ahead to the crucial U.S. jobs report on Friday for a measure of comfort.

Feb 3, 2014

Euro wallows near 10-week low on deflation fears

TOKYO, Feb 3 (Reuters) – The euro licked its wounds near a
ten-week low against the dollar on Monday after soft euro zone
inflation data rekindled speculation the European Central Bank
may ease policy to stave off deflation.

Worries about capital flight from emerging economies also
kept investors at arms length from risk assets, underpinning the
yen over growth-sensitive, high-yielding currencies.