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Mar 27, 2014

Euro struggles after ECB officials reopen easing debate; yen firmer

TOKYO/SINGAPORE, March 27 (Reuters) – The euro held steady
near recent lows versus the dollar on Thursday after comments
from European Central Bank officials revived speculation about
further monetary easing to stave off potential deflation.

The euro traded at around $1.3784, hovering near a
low of $1.3749 hit twice in recent days, a break of which will
bring the currency to its lowest level since March 6.

Mar 27, 2014

Nikkei falls more than 1 pct on Ukraine, pension fund selling

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese shares fell more than one percent on Thursday, hit by renewed anxiety over the crisis in Ukraine and pressured by Japanese pension fund selling ahead of the financial year-end next week.

The Nikkei share average fell 1.4 percent to 14,268.28, closing in on this month’s low of 14,203.21, marked on March 17, though about half of the losses were due to the effect of many shares going ex-dividend.

Mar 27, 2014

Euro on defensive after ECB officials reopen easing debate

TOKYO (Reuters) – The euro was on the defensive on Thursday after comments from European Central Bank officials this week raised fresh speculation on further monetary easing to stave off potential deflation.

The euro traded at $1.37875, edging near a low of $1.3749 hit twice in recent days, a break of which will bring the currency to its lowest level since March 6.

Mar 26, 2014

Asia shares hit two-week highs on upbeat U.S. data, Ukraine hopes

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares raced to two-week highs on Wednesday, with investor confidence getting a much-needed boost from upbeat U.S. data and diminishing concerns over the Ukraine/Crimea crisis.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1.1 percent to its highest level since March 11, while Japan’s Nikkei ticked up 0.3 percent.

Mar 26, 2014

Asia shares hit 2-wk highs on upbeat U.S. data, China stimulus hopes

TOKYO, March 26 (Reuters) – Asian shares raced to two-week
highs on Wednesday, with investor confidence getting a much
needed boost from upbeat U.S. data and lingering hopes China may
take steps to stimulate its sagging economy.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
rose 0.8 percent to its highest level since
March 11 while Japan’s Nikkei ticked up 0.1 percent.

Mar 25, 2014

Asia shares edge up as upbeat data brighten U.S. outlook

TOKYO, March 26 (Reuters) – Asian shares edged higher in
early trade on Wednesday on fresh signs of strength in the U.S.
economy and diminishing concerns over the diplomatic standoff
between the West and Russia.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
was up 0.2 percent, with Australia stocks 0.6
percent higher. Nikkei futures <0#NIY:> last stood at 0.7
percent above their local close.

Mar 25, 2014

Asian shares on defensive, hoping for China stimulus plan

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares were in a defensive mode on Tuesday after Wall Street fell overnight, though still-vague hopes of a new stimulus plan in China could improve investor sentiment.

U.S. Treasuries prices fell, with the benchmark two-year yield hitting a six-month high as investors grew nervous that the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates sooner than expected. Bond yields rise when prices fall.

Mar 24, 2014

U.S. dollar rally needs fresh catalyst, Aussie dips on China survey

SYDNEY/TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar held on to last week’s gains on Monday though it lacked a fresh catalyst to extend them while the Australian dollar dipped after a soft Chinese manufacturing data.

The dollar index .DXY stood at 80.143, little changed from late New York levels on Friday, but still not far off a three-week peak of 80.354 set on Thursday.

Mar 19, 2014

Dollar steady near 4-month low ahead of Yellen’s debut

TOKYO, March 19 (Reuters) – The dollar stood near its lowest
level in more than four months against a basket of currencies on
Wednesday, on some trepidation ahead of Janet Yellen’s inaugural
policy review as the Federal Reserve’s chief.

The dollar, however, climbed against the Chinese yuan, which
fell past 6.20 per dollar for the first time since
April 2013.

Mar 19, 2014

Dollar restrained near 4-month lows ahead of Yellen’s debut

TOKYO, March 19 (Reuters) – The dollar stood near its lowest
level in more than four months against a basket of currencies on
Wednesday, on some trepidation ahead of Janet Yellen’s inaugural
policy review as the Federal Reserve’s chief.

Global markets breathed a sigh of relief after Russian
President Vladimir Putin said he did not plan to seize other
regions of Ukraine, a day after Crimean citizens voted to be
annexed by Moscow.