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Jun 12, 2014

Asian shares retreat, oil near three-month high on Iraq concerns

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares slipped on Thursday after Wall Street shares stepped back from record levels while civil war in Iraq supported oil prices.

Japan’s Nikkei share average .N225 led the retreat, falling 0.9 percent while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS dipped 0.15 percent.

Jun 3, 2014

Asian shares gain after solid U.S. data, euro fragile

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares rode higher on Tuesday, supported by solid U.S. and Chinese data, while the euro dragged its feet near a 3 1/2-month low on expectations of fresh monetary easing by the European Central Bank.

Japan’s Nikkei hit a two-month high, further boosted by talk of public pension funds increasing their assets allocated to domestic shares.

Jun 3, 2014

Nikkei leads gains in Asian shares after solid U.S. data

TOKYO, June 3 (Reuters) – Nikkei led Asian shares higher on
Tuesday, supported by solid U.S. and Chinese manufacturing data,
while the euro dragged its feet near a 3 1/2-month low on
expectations of fresh monetary easing by the European Central
Bank.

Japan’s Nikkei rose 1.0 percent to hit a two-month
high while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside
Japan was flat, not far from one-year high hit
last week.

May 29, 2014

Financial markets ‘hear but don’t listen to’ BOJ’s rosy talk

TOKYO (Reuters) – “I hear but I don’t listen to,” Wim Duisenberg, the first president of the European Central Bank, famously said in 2001 when asked about pressure to cut interest rates.

More than a decade later in Japan, it is financial markets that hear but do not listen to the central bank, and the perception gap between the two is likely to lead to a huge spike in market volatility down the road.

May 29, 2014

Asian shares at one-year high, bonds fly high on ECB hopes

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares inched up to a one-year high on Thursday while global bond prices surged, pushing their yields to multi-month lows, supported by expectations of easier monetary policy from the European Central Bank.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.15 percent, led by gains in Hong Kong and Singapore shares and hitting one-year highs for the fifth time in the last six sessions.

May 29, 2014

Asian shares at one-year high, bonds fly high on ECB

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares inched up to a one-year high on Thursday while global bond prices surged, pushing their yields to multi-month lows, supported by expectations of easier monetary policy from the European Central Bank.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS rose 0.15 percent, led by gains in Hong Kong .HSI and Singapore .FTSTI shares and hitting one-year highs for the fifth time in the last six sessions.

May 29, 2014

Asian shares consolidate recent gains

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares consolidated their recent gains on Thursday while global bond prices surged, pushing their yields to multi-month lows, both supported by expectations of easy monetary policy.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan stood flat near one-year high hit on Wednesday, while Japan’s Nikkei share average shed 0.5 percent after gains after five straight days of gains.

May 29, 2014

Asian shares consolidate gains, bonds fly high

TOKYO, May 29 (Reuters) – Asian shares consolidated their
recent gains on Thursday while global bond prices surged,
pushing their yields to multi-month lows, both supported by
expectations of easy monetary policy.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
stood flat near one-year high hit on Wednesday,
while Japan’s Nikkei share average shed 0.5 percent
after gains after five straight days of gains.

May 27, 2014

Euro bounces but ECB easing prospects restrain gains

SYDNEY/TOKYO, May 27 (Reuters) – The euro bounced back from
a three-month low against the dollar on Tuesday, but the uptick
failed to relieve persistent pressure from expectations of
monetary easing by the European Central Bank next week.

The common currency climbed to $1.3656, from Monday’s
three-month low of $1.3615. Against the yen, it traded at 139.24
, off a low of 138.73. Just last week, the euro hit a
three-month trough of 138.15.

May 26, 2014

Asian shares hit one-year high

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares hit one-year high on Monday thanks to a strong session on Wall Street and a decisive win for billionaire Petro Poroshenko in Ukraine’s presidential election.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan briefly rose 0.2 percent and was last trading up 0.1 percent. Japan’s Nikkei share average gained 1.0 percent to a 7-week high, though trade was slow due to market holidays in London and New York.