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Sep 16, 2014

Asian shares on edge as investors brace for Fed

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares held near one-month lows on Tuesday as investors braced for a possible hawkish shift in the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy stance as the Fed begins a two-day policy meeting later in the day.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was little changed near one-month low hit on Monday after seven consecutive days of falls. Japan’s Nikkei stock average .N225 shed 0.3 percent, catching up after Tokyo markets were closed for a local holiday on Monday.

Sep 11, 2014

Dollar holds gains, kiwi stung by RBNZ, sterling shaky

SYDNEY/TOKYO (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar held near a six-year peak against the yen early on Thursday and powered to a seven-month high on its New Zealand peer, which fell after the country’s central bank said the kiwi’s current level was “unjustified and unsustainable”.

The U.S. dollar traded at 106.74 yen JPY=, after having scaled a six-year high of 106.89 yen in New York on Wednesday, which represented a gain of 1.7 percent so far this week.

Sep 10, 2014

Asia stocks take fright on Fed anxiety, dollar shines

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares tumbled on Wednesday as markets wagered the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates earlier than expected, sending U.S. bond yields higher and keeping the dollar well bid near 14-month highs against a basket of major currencies.

Some regional tech shares took a hit after Apple Inc stock fell as the initial excitement over its announcement of new products including a watch, larger iPhones and a mobile payment service, quickly evaporated.

Sep 10, 2014

Fed rate outlook shift buoys dollar, hurts shares

TOKYO (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar stood tall on Wednesday on growing expectations the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates earlier than expected, hitting shares and other assets that have benefitted from years of ultra-easy U.S. monetary policy.

Share of Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) turned lower as the initial excitement over its announcement of new products including a watch, larger iPhones and a mobile payment service, quickly evaporated.

Sep 9, 2014

Japan stands at crossroads of further yen weakness

TOKYO, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Japan is waking up to the reality
that a blessing can come with a curse: the weaker yen sought by
policymakers has a downside for some companies and the broader
economy.

The yen dropped to a six-year low of 106.39 yen
against the dollar on Tuesday, as investors factored in
expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates
as the U.S. economic recovery continues its gradual recovery.

Sep 4, 2014

Asian shares hit seven-year high on Ukraine, ECB hopes

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares edged up to a seven-year high on Thursday on growing hopes of a ceasefire in Ukraine, while investors also warmed to the idea of more monetary easing from the European Central Bank in the near future.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS rose 0.15 percent in early trade, led by gains in South Korean shares .KS11. Japan’s Nikkei average .N225 shed 0.1 percent.

Sep 3, 2014

Nikkei jumps to seven-month high on renewed “Abenomics” hopes

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese shares hit a seven-month high on Wednesday, with financial shares leading the gains, in the hope a cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe giving fresh impetus to his “Abenomics” growth-promoting policies.

Exporters’ shares also rode high as the yen weakened to an eight-month low and solid U.S. manufacturing data boosted their business prospects, even though U.S. shares ended mixed the previous day.

Aug 26, 2014

Asian shares firm, euro struggles on ECB easing hopes

TOKYO, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Asian shares got off to a firm
start on Tuesday as investors warmed up to the idea of more
monetary stimulus by the European Central Bank to boost the
sagging euro zone economy.

The euro slipped to a one-year low against the dollar as
comments from ECB chief Mario Draghi late last week that the
central bank was prepared to respond with all its “available”
tools resonated in the market.

Aug 20, 2014

Dollar hits 11-month high, stays firm after solid housing data

TOKYO/SINGAPORE, Aug 20 (Reuters) – The dollar touched an
11-month high against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday
after positive U.S. housing data the previous day fed hopes that
the world’s biggest economy is strengthening.

The dollar index surged to as high as 81.995,
its highest level since September. It last stood at 81.974, up
0.1 percent on the day.

Aug 20, 2014

Dollar holds upper hand after solid housing starts data

TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar held firm near 11-month high against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday after strong U.S. housing data added to hopes of a firming recovery in the world’s biggest economy.

The dollar index stood at 81.870, having risen to 81.899 in the previous session, its highest level since September.