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Sep 4, 2015

Asian shares win reprieve on ECB signal, U.S. jobs next focus

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares won a reprieve on Friday after the European Central Bank signalled its readiness to take further steps to shore up the European economy, and investors looked to U.S. jobs data.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS rose 0.1 percent while Japan’s Nikkei .N225 also ticked up 0.1 percent.

Sep 3, 2015

Risk assets rebound but high volatility persists

TOKYO, Sept 3 (Reuters) – The price of shares and other risk
assets staged a tentative recovery in early Asian trade on
Thursday though volatility remained high as investors fretted
over global economic health.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
rose 0.3 percent, hovering about 2.8 percent
above the three-year low hit last week, while Japan’s Nikkei
gained 1.4 percent.

Sep 1, 2015

Yen, euro buoyed by risk aversion as equities retreat

SINGAPORE/TOKYO, Sept 1 (Reuters) – The yen and euro edged
higher on Tuesday as falls in Asian equities kept the focus on
whether investors would need to further unwind carry trades,
bets in risk assets funded by low-yielding currencies.

Surveys of China’s manufacturing and services sector that
reinforced worries of a sharper slowdown in the economy helped
keep the yen and euro on firm footings.

Sep 1, 2015

Yen, euro buoyed by risk aversion as shares resume descent

TOKYO (Reuters) – Low-yielding yen and euro held firm on Tuesday as nervous investors look to upcoming data from China and the United States to gauge whether they need to further wind back carry trades, bets in risk assets funded by these currencies.

Falls in equity prices overnight curbed risk appetite after Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer did not rule out the possibility of a rate hike in September, even though global financial markets have been through turmoil in recent weeks.

Aug 26, 2015

U.S. stock futures resume descent, not much cheer from China rate cut

TOKYO, Aug 26 (Reuters) – U.S. stock futures resumed descent
in early Asian trade and Asian shares were seen on the defensive
on Wednesday as monetary easing by China’s central bank had
limited success in cheering up nervous investors.

U.S. S&P 500 mini futures fell 0.7 percent to
1,858.75, edging closer to Monday’s 10-month low of 1,831.

Aug 25, 2015

Asian shares resume slide on fears over Chinese economy

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks looked vulnerable to another sell-off on Tuesday, with investors gripped by fears of a hard landing for the Chinese economy, the world’s most important growth engine.

Japan’s Nikkei .N225 index fell 3.8 percent to six-month lows while the MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS hit fresh three-year lows.

Aug 24, 2015

Euro, yen surge as risk aversion intensifies; Aussie at 6-yr low

SYDNEY/TOKYO, Aug 24 (Reuters) – The euro hit a 6 1/2-month
high and the yen hit a 1 1/2-month high against the dollar on
Monday as investors dumped risk assets and flocked to currencies
often seen as safe havens on fears about a slowdown in the
Chinese economy.

The Australian dollar tanked to six-year lows and many
emerging market currencies plunged on worries about foreign
capital outflows after Chinese shares tumbled more than 8
percent.

Aug 24, 2015

Euro, yen rally as risk aversion intensifies, Aussie sinks

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The euro hit a 6 1/2-month high and the yen hit a 1 1/2-month high against the dollar on Monday as investors dumped risk assets and flocked to currencies often seen as safe havens.

The euro and the yen rose also as investors unwound their short positions.

“Markets are panicking. Things are starting look like the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s. Speculators are selling assets that seem the most vulnerable,” said Takako Masai, the head of research at Shinsei Bank in Tokyo.

Aug 21, 2015

Dollar slips as Fed rate hike hopes fade

TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar withered near six-week lows on Friday, reflecting doubts whether the Federal Reserve will be able to safely raise interest rates next month as once expected, given accumulating signs of stress in many parts of the global economy.

The dollar index =USD .DXY fell to as low as 95.711, its lowest level since early July, stepping back 2.7 percent from a high of 98.334 hit two weeks ago, when many market players had thought the Fed was most likely to raise rates in September.

Aug 20, 2015

Asian shares fragile, dollar loses edge on Fed minutes

TOKYO, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Concerns about slowing growth in
China pressured Asian shares and oil prices, while minutes from
the U.S. Federal Reserve’s July meeting dented expectations for
a rate hike in mid-September.

Japan’s Nikkei fell 0.3 percent in early trade while
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
was almost flat, barely holding above its
two-year low hit on Wednesday for now.