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Aug 13, 2014

Asian shares restrained by gloomy data, Ukraine woes

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares eked out modest gains on Wednesday, as investors remained cautious after downbeat data from China and Japan and as the crisis in Ukraine threatened a fragile economic recovery in Europe.

Mainland Chinese shares were knocked off their highs by surprisingly weak loans data, and other data released later in the session also missed expectations. Some economists believe further stimulus may be needed to sustain the recovery and offset the drag from the cooling property market.

Aug 13, 2014

Asian shares pressured on Ukraine anxiety, euro wobbles

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares struggled on Wednesday after Wall Street snapped a two-day rally with the crisis in Ukraine sapping investor confidence as it threatens a fragile economic recovery in Europe.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was off 0.04 percent while Japan’s Nikkei share average .N225 gave up 0.1 percent.

Aug 7, 2014

Asia stocks cautious, bonds up on Ukraine tensions

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian share markets got off to a cautious start on Thursday, with Japanese stocks pulling further away from six-week lows as a Russian troop build-up on the border with Ukraine sapped risk-appetite and pushed global bond prices higher.

Global equity markets came under pressure as tit-for-tat economic sanctions between the West and Moscow escalated, and as Russia massed around 20,000 combat-ready troops on Ukraine’s border.

Aug 5, 2014

Asia stocks slip as China service data sours mood

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks slipped on Tuesday after a survey showed China’s services sector growth fell to a record low, pouring cold water on the positive market mood following upbeat U.S. earnings and relief over Portugal’s rescue of its largest bank.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS fell 0.5 percent, turning negative after the China services purchasing managers’ index(PMI) compiled by HSBC/Markit fell to 50.0 in July from a 15-month high of 53.1 in June.

Aug 4, 2014

Asian shares pressured by Wall Street, geopolitical tensions

TOKYO (Reuters) – Steep weekly falls on Wall Street pressured Asian shares on Monday, as concerns over geopolitical tensions and Argentina’s debt default eclipsed U.S. economic data that argued against an earlier start to the Federal Reserve’s rate-tightening cycle.

Japan’s Nikkei average .N225 fell 0.4 percent while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS> was off 0.05 percent.

Jul 31, 2014

Japan fund managers raise allocations to both stocks and bonds

TOKYO, July 31 (Reuters) – Japanese fund managers increased
both stocks and bonds in their model portfolio allocations in
July, as they bet on a steady recovery in the global economy
even as the Federal Reserve keeps reducing stimulus.

The survey of eight Japan-based fund managers, polled by
Reuters between July 16-23, also showed they increased euro zone
stocks after the European Central Bank adopted a series of
easing steps in June.

Jul 31, 2014

Dollar shines, U.S. yields surge on upbeat U.S. data

TOKYO, July 31 (Reuters) – The dollar stayed strong and U.S. bond yields
held firm on Thursday after data showed solid U.S. economic growth, even as the
Federal Reserve repeated its message that it is in no hurry to raise interest
rates.

The prospect of a solid U.S. recovery underpinned equities, with Japanese
shares leading the gains thanks to the yen’s fall against the dollar.

Jul 17, 2014

Euro hits the skids, buried near 2-year low vs sterling

SYDNEY/TOKYO (Reuters) – The euro wallowed at five-month lows against the yen on Thursday and held near a two-year trough on sterling, having weakened broadly overnight in a move that should provide some comfort to the European Central Bank.

Traders said recent upbeat UK data had prompted investors to switch into sterling from the euro. That in turn weighed broadly on the common currency, which extended its losses for a second session on Wednesday.

Jul 7, 2014

Asian shares off to slow start, investors look to earnings

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stock markets got off to a slow start on Monday after a U.S. market holiday but held near three-year highs on optimism about the U.S. economy, with investors now shifting their focus to corporate earnings.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was little changed, staying just under Friday’s peak and two percentage point below its 2011 peak, having risen about 7 percent so far this year.

Jul 4, 2014

Japan 3-month govt bill yield falls to zero percent as BOJ mops them up

TOKYO, July 4 (Reuters) – The yield on three-month Japanese
government discount bills fell to zero percent on Friday for the
first time since late 2005, on fears that short-term bills could
disappear from markets as the Bank of Japan vacuums them up to
facilitate its asset purchases.

The benchmark three-month yield suddenly
dropped 2.9 basis point, a sizable move in Japanese money
markets where most products yield 10 basis points (0.1 percent)
or less.