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Aug 19, 2015

Asian shares weighed down by renewed China concerns

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares on Wednesday struggled to move away from two-year lows the previous day after big falls in Chinese shares raised fresh fear about the stability of China’s economy.

Japan’s Nikkei .N225 fell 0.2 percent. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS gained 0.4 percent, recovering from a two-year low hit on Tuesday, though it was still down almost 6 percent this month.

Aug 18, 2015

Asian shares hit 2-year lows as China woes, dollar firm

TOKYO, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Asian shares fell to a two-year
low on Tuesday on worries that cooling demand in China will
weigh on the trade-reliant region, while the dollar held firm
after strong U.S. housing data offset concerns from a weak
manufacturing report.

But spreadbetters expected better sentiment in Europe, with
Germany’s DAX, Britain’s FTSE and France’s CAC
40 all seen up 0.3 percent.

Aug 18, 2015

Asian shares bounce back from 2-year lows, dollar firm

TOKYO, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Asian shares recovered from
two-year lows on Tuesday as strong U.S. housing data offset
concerns from a weak U.S. manufacturing report, while the
dollar’s prospective yield advantage kept it firm.

Japan’s Nikkei rose 0.1 percent and most shares
markets in Asia rose, lifting the MSCI’s broadest index of
Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan 0.4 percent
from its two-year low marked on Monday.

Aug 18, 2015

Asian shares steady for now after mixed U.S. data

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares were steady on Tuesday after strong U.S. housing data offset concerns from a weak U.S. manufacturing report, while the dollar’s yield advantage kept it firm.

Japan’s Nikkei .N225 rose 0.1 percent while South Korean shares .KS11 gained 0.4 percent and Australian shares .AXJO rose 0.2 percent.

Aug 17, 2015

Dollar tries to shake off yuan scare, yen shrugs off Japan’s GDP slump

TOKYO, Aug 17 (Reuters) – The dollar started the week on a
firmer footing on Monday as traders looked to the prospects of a
U.S. rate hike next month while the yen was little moved after
data showed Japan’s economy shrank in the April-June quarter.

The dollar’s index against a basket of six major currencies
edged up slightly to 96.696 , extending its
recovery from a one-month low hit on Wednesday.

Aug 14, 2015

Dollar steady as China stops guiding yuan lower

TOKYO, Aug 14 (Reuters) – The dollar was steady on Friday
after China’s central bank appeared to have stopped guiding the
yuan lower for now, easing concerns that a weaker Chinese
currency could derail plans by the U.S. Federal Reserve to raise
interest rates.

The dollar traded at 124.40 yen, flat from late U.S.
levels and above this week’s low of 124.21 yen. For the week, it
was up about 0.1 percent.

Aug 14, 2015

Dollar ticks up as China stops guiding yuan lower

TOKYO, Aug 14 (Reuters) – The dollar ticked up slightly on
Friday after China’s central bank appeared to have stopped
guiding the yuan lower for now, easing concerns that a weaker
Chinese currency could derail plans by the U.S. Federal Reserve
to raise interest rates.

The dollar traded at 124.50 yen, up slightly from
late U.S. levels and extending its recovery from this week’s low
of 124.21 yen. For the week, it is up 0.2 percent.

Aug 14, 2015

Dollar steadies but market jittery on yuan

TOKYO, Aug 14 (Reuters) – The dollar steadied on Friday
after China’s central bank said it saw no reason for the yuan to
fall any further, but prospects for the yuan and the broader
Chinese economy still kept market players jittery.

Data showing that U.S. retail sales rebounded in July, while
June sales were revised higher, also boosted the dollar.

Aug 13, 2015

Nikkei up but Topix down as investors digest yuan move

TOKYO, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Japan’s Nikkei share average rose
but the broader Topix index fell on Thursday as confused
investors shed risk assets while trying to gauge how much the
yuan will fall and how that would affect Japanese companies’
bottom lines.

The Nikkei rose 0.4 percent to 20,478 thanks to
gains in some of its heavyweights but the Topix fell 0.4
percent to 1,659.53 as investors booked profits in large cap
shares, such as banks and telecom companies.

Aug 12, 2015

Nikkei falls after China weakens yuan for second day

TOKYO, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Japanese share prices slid on
Tuesday after the Chinese central bank lowered the yuan for a
second day, fanning more worries of slowing growth in China.

The Nikkei average fell 1.1 percent to 20,495.40,
hitting its lowest level in more than a week, while the broader
Topix fell 1.0 percent to 1,670.89.