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Jul 2, 2014

Sterling, commodity currencies shine as solid data stoke risk appetite

TOKYO/SYDNEY, July 2 (Reuters) – The British pound held firm
near six-year highs following an upbeat manufacturing survey
while the yen and the euro lost steam as the uptick from
quarter-end buying faded.

Commodity currencies outperformed other major rivals thanks
to high commodity prices and increased risk appetite, reflected
in surging equities worldwide.

Jul 1, 2014

Asian shares stay near highs, dollar soft

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares were firm near a three-year high on Tuesday on upbeat Chinese manufacturing data and expectations that U.S. monetary policy will stay loose for some time, while the dollar was broadly soft.

Japan’s Nikkei rose 1.4 percent while the MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan erased earlier losses to stand flat, staying within 0.2 percent from a three-year high hit three weeks ago.

Jul 1, 2014

Asian shares off to cautious start, dollar soft

TOKYO, July 1 (Reuters) – Asian shares were off to a
cautious start near a three-year high on Tuesday while the U.S.
dollar was listless as investors took new bets that U.S.
monetary policy will stay loose for some time.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
ticked down 0.1 percent, though it was still
within 0.3 percent from a three-year high hit three weeks ago.
Japan’s Nikkei gained 1.0 percent.

Jun 27, 2014

Asia shares shaky, global bond yields down on growth concerns

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares got off to a tentative start on Friday after a weak performance on Wall Street, and global bond yields dropped on creeping doubts on the strength of the U.S. economic recovery.

Japan’s Nikkei .N225 dipped 0.3 percent in early trade while South Korean shares fell 0.5 percent .KS11. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was flat.

Jun 27, 2014

Asia shares shaky, global bond yields down

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares got off to a tentative start on Friday after a weak performance on Wall Street, and global bond yields dropped on creeping doubts on the strength of the U.S. economic recovery.

Japan’s Nikkei dipped 0.3 percent in early trade while South Korean shares fell 0.5 percent. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was flat.

Jun 25, 2014

Three Japan public pension funds buying stocks ahead of asset review – sources

TOKYO (Reuters) – Three Japanese “semi-public” pension funds aggressively bought Tokyo stocks in recent weeks, market sources said, acting before a review of their asset allocation policies is complete.

The funds’ buying helped Japanese shares to rally more than 10 percent in just over a month – though one source said the buying may come to a halt before month-end, posing the threat of a near-term correction to the market.All three funds declined to comment on whether they bought shares in the last two months.

Jun 23, 2014

Aussie jumps after China survey, Canadian dollar at 5 1/2-month high

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Australian dollar jumped to test its year-to-date peak on Monday after a Chinese manufacturing survey showed surprisingly big improvements.

The Canadian dollar also hit a five-month high, building on to its 0.6 percent gain against the greenback on Friday as surprisingly high Canadian inflation data and robust retail sales figures challenged the central bank’s accommodative policy stance.

Jun 19, 2014

Yield on 30-year JGBs sees biggest rise in a year after BOJ’s fine-tuning

TOKYO, June 19 (Reuters) – The yield on the 30-year Japanese
government bonds jumped 5.5 basis points on
Thursday, its biggest daily rise in over a year, after the Bank
of Japan said it would reduce the amount of buying in that
maturity.

The longest maturities bucked the overall market trend as
their shorter peers held firm after the U.S. Federal Reserve
struck a dovish tone, showing no particular discomfort with
inflation.

Jun 18, 2014

Dollar underpinned by inflation data, all eyes on Fed

SYDNEY/TOKYO, June 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar held onto
modest gains on Wednesday, following its broad strengthening
after U.S. consumer prices had their largest increase in more
than a year in May, sparking speculation the Fed may inch closer
to rate hikes.

The dollar index last stood at 80.607, having climbed
0.2 percent on Tuesday. Against the yen, the greenback reached a
one-week high of 102.245, while the euro retreated from a
one-week peak hit on Tuesday to $1.3547.

Jun 17, 2014

Asian shares soft on anxiety over Iraq, Ukraine

TOKYO, June 17 (Reuters) – Asian shares struck a cautious
tone on Tuesday as the double-whammy of a deepening conflict in
Iraq and a gas dispute between Ukraine and Russia sapped
investors’ appetite for risk.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
fell 0.15 percent. Japan’s Nikkei bucked
the trend with rise of a 0.5 percent, though it was still down
on the week so far.