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May 15, 2014

Asian shares step back from highs, bonds supported

TOKYO, May 15 (Reuters) – Asian shares stepped back from a
one-month high on Thursday, tracking a retreat on Wall Street,
while expectations of credit easing by the European Central Bank
knocked down yields on U.S. and European bonds.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
dipped 0.1 percent from one-month high hit on
Wednesday as Wall Street shares retreated overnight from record
highs hit the day before.

May 13, 2014

Euro stabilises for now but seen shackled by ECB prospects

TOKYO, May 13 (Reuters) – The euro stabilised near one-month
lows against the dollar on Tuesday, although it remains under
pressure as investors expect the European Central Bank to try to
limit its longer-term strength in a bid to boost the euro-zone
economy.

The euro fetched $1.3755, near its one-month low of
$1.3745 hit on Friday, having fallen 1.2 percent since ECB chief
Mario Draghi said the bank was ready to take action next month
to lift economic growth.

May 12, 2014

Asian shares cautious on Ukraine anxiety; China, India lead gains

TOKYO (Reuters) – Shares made a cautious advance on Monday though gains were capped as investors braced for a possible escalation in Ukraine’s civil conflicts after anti-Kiev rebels declared victory in a referendum on self-rule.

Hopes of capital market reform boosted Chinese shares while Indian shares surged to record high on the prospect of a more business-friendly government winning India’s general election, with exit polls later coming out later in the day.

May 12, 2014

Global shares off to a cautious start on Ukraine anxiety

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares began the week on a cautious note on Monday as investors braced for an escalation in East-West tensions after pro-Moscow rebels declared victory in a referendum on self-rule in eastern Ukraine.

Organizers of the weekend referendum said nearly 90 percent had voted in favor, possibly opening the way for the region to break away from Kiev in a conflict increasingly out of control.

May 12, 2014

Shares off to a cautious start on Ukraine anxiety

TOKYO, May 12 (Reuters) – Asian shares began the week on a
cautious note on Monday as investors braced for an esclation in
East-West tensions after pro-Moscow rebels declared victory in a
referendum on self-rule in eastern Ukraine.

Organisers of the weekend referendum said nearly 90 percent
had voted in favour, possibly opening the way for the region to
break away from Kiev in a conflict increasingly out of control.

May 8, 2014

Asian shares up on Yellen, China trade data, Ukraine

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares got a lift on Thursday from dovish comments by the U.S. Federal Reserve chief and upbeat Chinese trade data that suggested some signs of stabilisation in the world’s second-largest economy.

Risk assets were also underpinned by signs of easing tensions in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin called on pro-Moscow separatists to postpone a secession vote.

May 8, 2014

Asian shares up on Yellen comments, China trade data

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares got a lift on Thursday from dovish comments by the U.S. Federal Reserve chief and upbeat Chinese trade data that suggested some signs of stabilisation in the world’s second-largest economy.

Risk assets were also underpinned by signs of easing tensions in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin called on pro-Moscow separatists to postpone a secession vote.

May 8, 2014

Asian shares up on Yellen’s dovish comments

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares drew a measure of comfort from dovish comments by the U.S. Federal Reserve chief and signs of easing tensions in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin called on pro-Moscow separatists to postpone a succession vote.

Nikkei share average rose 0.7 percent while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan ticked up 0.15 percent, inching away from five-week lows hit on Wednesday.

May 8, 2014

Asian shares up on Yellen comments, focus turns to China data

TOKYO, May 8 (Reuters) – Asian shares drew a measure of
comfort from dovish comments by the U.S. Federal Reserve chief
and signs of easing tensions in Ukraine after Russian President
Vladimir Putin called on pro-Moscow separatists to postpone a
succession vote.

Nikkei share average rose 0.7 percent while MSCI’s
broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
ticked up 0.15 percent, inching away from
five-week lows hit on Wednesday.

Apr 25, 2014

Dai-ichi Life says will not buy JGBs at current yields

TOKYO, April 25 (Reuters) – Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co
, Japan’s second-largest private life insurer, will not
buy Japanese government bonds at current low yields, a senior
company official said on Friday.

The institutional investor, with total assets of about 35
trillion yen ($342 billion), instead plans to allocate more
funds to foreign bonds in the financial year to March and is
also warming to domestic stocks and other riskier assets.