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May 26, 2014

Asian shares hit one-year high on Wall Street rally, Ukraine vote

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 .MIAPJ0000PUS rose 0.15 percent while Japan’s Nikkei share average .N225 gained 0.7 percent to hit one-month high.

May 26, 2014

Asian shares firm on Wall Street record, Ukraine vote

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese shares rose in a steady start for Asian equities on Monday thanks to a strong session on Wall Street, and as a decisive win for Ukrainian billionaire Petro Poroshenko in the nation’s presidential election ensured a tense runoff round won’t be required.

Tokyo’s Nikkei average .N225 climbed 0.7 percent while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS stood almost flat, just shy of one-year highs hit on Friday.

May 21, 2014

BOJ should prepare markets for tapering: Harvard economist

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Bank of Japan should start preparing financial markets for a withdrawal from its massive stimulus as the bank’s inflation target is coming within reach, a Harvard economist known for his strong support for Abenomics said on Wednesday.

“They should be talking about tapering at a minimum, and they should begin preparing financial markets for a regime after 2 percent, a shift from stimulating aggregate demand to stimulating aggregate supply,” Dale W. Jorgenson, professor of economics at Harvard University, told the Reuters Japan Investment Summit.

May 20, 2014

BOJ’s stance, falling global debt yields support yen

TOKYO, May 20 (Reuters) – The yen held near a 3 1/2-month
high against the dollar and the euro on Tuesday, supported by
diminishing expectations of stimulus by the Bank of Japan as
well as falling U.S. and European bond yields.

The dollar traded at 101.54 yen, a day after falling
to 101.10 yen, its lowest level since early February – briefly
breaking below its 200-day moving average at 101.25 yen.

May 20, 2014

Yen buoyed by BOJ’s stance, falling global yields

TOKYO, May 20 (Reuters) – The yen held near a 3 1/2-month
high against the dollar and the euro on Tuesday, supported by
diminishing expectations of stimulus by the Bank of Japan as
well as falling U.S. and European bond yields.

The dollar traded at 101.48 yen, a day after falling
to 101.10 yen, its lowest level since early February — briefly
breaking below its 200-day moving average at 101.25 yen.

May 19, 2014

Asian shares soft, China slowdown fears resurface

TOKYO (Reuters) – Chinese shares led Asia markets down on Monday, as concerns about slower growth in the world’s second-biggest economy checked risk appetite and took a large slice off Australian equities.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS ticked down 0.3 percent, led by Australian shares falling 1.0 percent.

May 19, 2014

Global shares flat as investors ponder central bank policy options

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares trod water on Monday as investors looked to test a theory that the world’s major central banks will continue to keep monetary policy easy and in some cases loosen further.

Japan’s Nikkei share average rose 0.2 percent .N225, while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS ticked down 0.1 percent.

May 19, 2014

Shares flat as investors ponder central bank policy options

TOKYO, May 19 (Reuters) – Asian shares trod water on Monday
as investors looked to test a theory that the world’s major
central banks will continue to keep monetary policy easy and in
some cases loosen further.

Japan’s Nikkei share average rose 0.2 percent, while
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
ticked down 0.1 percent.

May 15, 2014

Asian shares inch up, Europe seen lower

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares recouped early losses on Thursday but held below the previous session’s one-month highs, while expectations of credit easing by the European Central Bank knocked yields on U.S. and European bonds.

Financial spreadbetters expected Britain’s FTSE 100 to open 6 to 8 points lower, or down 0.1 percent; Germany’s DAX to open 25 to 29 points lower, or down 0.3 percent; and France’s CAC 40 to open 8 to 9 points lower, or down 0.2 percent.

May 15, 2014

Asian shares tread water, bonds supported

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares pared early losses on Thursday but held below the previous session’s one-month highs, while expectations of credit easing by the European Central Bank knocked yields on U.S. and European bonds.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was marginally lower, after it rose to its highest level since April 10 on Wednesday. Shares struggled to rise after Wall Street retreated overnight from record highs marked the day before.