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May 19, 2015

Dollar up on higher yield, euro bruised by Greek anxiety

TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar held firm on Tuesday after U.S. bond yields jumped and as the euro came under renewed pressure on persistent worries that Greece may miss debt repayments next month.

The dollar gained about one percent against a basket of six major currencies on Monday. It last stood at 94.132 .DXY, having bounced back from four-month low of 93.133 hit last Thursday.

May 18, 2015

Asia shares struggle after data raises more questions on U.S. economy

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares struggled on Monday after soft data raised more questions about the health of the U.S. economy.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was little changed while Japan’s Nikkei share average edged up just 0.1 percent, despite stronger-than-expected orders.

May 18, 2015

Shares struggle after data raises more questions on U.S. economy

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares struggled on Monday after soft data raised more questions about the health of the U.S. economy.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was little changed while Japan’s Nikkei share average .N225 edged up just 0.1 percent, despite stronger-than-expected orders.

May 8, 2015

Asian shares firm, sterling jumps on UK exit polls

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares held firm on Friday on signs global bond markets are stabilizing after a big selloff and sterling jumped about one percent after UK exit polls forecast the ruling Conservatives taking the most seats in parliament.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was little changed while Japan’s Nikkei .N225 ticked up 0.2 percent from one-month low hit on Thursday.

May 7, 2015

Dollar struggles on soft data, sterling awaits election

SYDNEY/TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar languished near its lowest levels in over two months against a basket of major currencies on Thursday, under renewed pressure from disappointing U.S. data, while a further spike in German bond yields supported the euro.

Figures on Wednesday showed U.S. private sector employers in April hired the fewest workers in more than a year, raising a red flag for nonfarm payrolls due on Friday.

Apr 30, 2015

Japan fund managers maintain stock weightings in April, U.S. preferred

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese fund managers kept overall allocations of stocks and bonds largely unchanged in their model portfolios in April but raised weightings on U.S. stocks and bonds, a Reuters survey showed.

A survey of seven Japan-based fund managers, conducted between April 16 and 23 found respondents on average wanted to allocate 44.1 percent of their funds to equities, unchanged from March.

Apr 30, 2015

Japan fund managers maintain stock weightings in April, U.S. preferred – Reuters poll

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese fund managers kept overall allocations of stocks and bonds largely unchanged in their model portfolios in April but raised weightings on U.S. stocks and bonds, a Reuters survey showed.

A survey of seven Japan-based fund managers, conducted between April 16 and 23 found respondents on average wanted to allocate 44.1 percent of their funds to equities, unchanged from March.

Apr 27, 2015

Asian shares inch up; focus on central banks, Greece

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares scaled seven-year highs following stellar earnings from a few U.S. hi-tech giants, but investors were cautious ahead of central bank meetings this week in the U.S. and Japan and on apparent deadlock in Greece’s talks with creditors.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was rose 0.3 percent in early trade though Japan’s Nikkei .N225 slipped 0.4 percent, largely on the yen’s gains.

Apr 24, 2015

Nippon Life plans shift to risk assets from yen bonds

TOKYO, April 24 (Reuters) – Nippon Life, Japan’s biggest
private life insurance company, plans to keep fresh investment
in domestic bonds to a minimum and allocate more funds to risk
assets such as foreign bonds in the year to March, a senior
executive said on Friday.

The insurer is suspending a long-standing policy of
allocating about 70 percent of its funds to fixed income yen
products because their yields are too low, Kazuo Sato, the
firm’s general manager of investment planning, told reporters.

Apr 23, 2015

Dollar regains footing, Kiwi falls on RBNZ comments

TOKYO/SYDNEY (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar held firm on Thursday after strong U.S. housing data helped to lift U.S. bond yields while the New Zealand dollar fell more than one percent following dovish central bank comments.

The dollar’s index against a basket of six major currencies gained 0.3 percent to 98.270 .DXY, extending its recovery into the fourth day.