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Oct 22, 2014

Euro on defensive after ECB bond buy report, yen slips

TOKYO, Oct 22 (Reuters) – The euro flirted with one-week
lows on Wednesday following a Reuters report that the European
Central Bank is considering buying corporate bonds, while
recovery in risk appetite underpinned the dollar against the
yen.

The euro traded at $1.2710, near its lowest level
since Thursday last week after having fallen 0.7 percent on
Tuesday.

Oct 21, 2014

Sumitomo Life says plans to increase unhedged foreign bonds moderately

TOKYO, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Sumitomo Life plans to gradually
raise foreign bonds in its portfolio without currency hedging, a
senior company official said on Tuesday, as it expects the yen
to weaken further.

Although the yen has strengthened in the past two weeks on
safe-haven buying from growing concerns over the health of the
global economy, Japan’s fourth-largest life insurer expects risk
appetite to come back eventually.

Oct 21, 2014

Dollar steady as currency majors brace for China data

TOKYO, Oct 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar started on a
steady footing on Tuesday, as foreign exchange markets braced
for a batch of Chinese economic indicators amid lingering
investor worries over signs of a slowdown in Asia’s economic
powerhouse and global growth.

The China data could influence investors’ perception on the
U.S. Federal Reserve’s monetary policy track, and by extension,
the fate of the U.S. dollar.

Oct 17, 2014

BOJ bill-buy offer fails to attract sellers, shows limits of easing strategy

TOKYO, Oct 17 (Reuters) – The Bank of Japan’s offer to buy
over $28 billion of government bills on Friday fell short of
enticing enough sellers, the first failure since the BOJ began
the current stimulus last year and a sign of the receding
potency of its easing programme.

The failure underscores growing difficulties of
force-feeding banks with liquidity as they become less eager to
take cash from the BOJ in a faltering economy. Commercial banks
are often struggling to find ways to expand their own lending.

Oct 17, 2014

Asia stocks halt selling as U.S. data calm investor nerves

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks were tentatively higher on Friday after a solid set of U.S. data calmed turbulence in global financial markets, though underlying worries about slowing world economic growth kept investors on edge.

Japan’s Nikkei share average .N225 rose 0.3 percent from a 4 1/2-month low hit the previous day while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS put on a similar amount.

Oct 14, 2014

Japanese stocks, U.S. bond yields fall on growth concerns

TOKYO (Reuters) – A selloff in global equities sent Japanese stocks skidding to two-month lows on Tuesday as heightened concerns about the health of the world economy unnerved investors, triggering a shift in funds to safe-havens such as U.S. bonds.

Japan’s Nikkei share average .N225 fell 1.9 percent to levels last seen in mid-August. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS managed to nudge up 0.2 percent but was still within sight of its 6 1/2-month low hit on Monday.

Oct 10, 2014

Asian shares, oil prices slide on growth concerns

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares drooped and oil prices fell to two-year lows on Friday after weak German export data raised fears that a recession at the heart of Europe could slow down the global economy.

Japan’s Nikkei share average .N225 fell 1.1 percent in early trade while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS shed 0.8 percent.

Oct 9, 2014

Asian shares soar on wings of dovish Fed message

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares surged and the dollar skidded on Thursday after minutes of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s latest policy meeting showed concerns about downside risks to the global economy and about the dollar’s strength.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan, which in the previous session, touched its lowest level since March, gained 1.3 percent. But Japan’s Nikkei share average edged down 0.3 percent as the dollar sank against Japan’s currency.

Oct 9, 2014

Asian shares rebound after Fed renews dovish credentials

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares bounced back and the dollar fell on Thursday after minutes of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s latest policy meeting showed policymakers have some concerns about downside risks to the global economy and the dollar’s strength.

Japan’s Nikkei share average .N225 rose 0.8 percent while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS gained 0.5 percent.

Oct 6, 2014

Japanese stocks, dollar shine on upbeat U.S. jobs

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese stocks bounced on Monday and the U.S. dollar held near four-year highs against a basket of currencies, as upbeat U.S. jobs data boosted sentiment after a week of worries about global growth and geopolitical tensions frayed investor nerves.

Tokyo’s Nikkei .N225 jumped 0.9 percent in early trade while South Korean shares rose 0.3 percent after a market holiday on Friday.