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Jan 6, 2015

Asian shares tumble as oil gloom deepens

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares tumbled on Tuesday as sliding oil prices and political uncertainty in Greece forced investors out of risk assets and into the safety of government bonds.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 1.0 percent, retreating almost halfway from its recovery from a 10-month low hit last month.

Jan 6, 2015

Asian shares tumble as oil, Greek woes dim mood

TOKYO, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Asian shares tumbled on Tuesday as
sliding oil prices and political uncertainty in Greece forced
investors out of risk assets and into the safety of government
bonds.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
fell 0.5 percent while Japan’s Nikkei
dropped 2.0 percent.

Jan 5, 2015

Euro slides to nine-year low, Asia shares subdued

TOKYO (Reuters) – The euro hit a nearly nine-year low versus the dollar on Monday as investors bet on quantitative easing by the European Central Bank while Asian shares were subdued as soft manufacturing surveys soured the mood.

The euro fell to as low as $1.18605, its weakest level since March 2006, having fallen below an important support at $1.20. The common currency last traded at $1.1955, down 0.4 percent from late U.S. trade on Friday.

Jan 5, 2015

Euro falls to 9-year low, Asia shares lackluster

TOKYO (Reuters) – The euro hit a nearly nine-year low versus the dollar on Monday as investors bet on quantitative easing by the European Central Bank while Asian shares were subdued as soft manufacturing surveys soured the mood.

The euro fell to as low as $1.18605, its weakest level since March 2006, having fallen below an important support at $1.20. The common currency last traded at $1.1944, down 0.5 percent from late U.S. trade on Friday.

Dec 24, 2014

Dollar bulls get early Christmas present after strong US GDP

SYDNEY/TOKYO, Dec 24 (Reuters) – The dollar hovered at its
highest in nearly nine years against a basket of major
currencies on Wednesday after stunningly strong U.S. economic
growth spurred markets to bring forward the timing of a likely
hike in interest rates.

The dollar index reached highs not seen since April
2006 as the euro sank to a fresh 28-month low of $1.2165,
slipping below an important support from its 200-month moving
average at $1.2230.

Dec 22, 2014

Euro shaky on ECB and Greece, dollar keeps edge

SYDNEY/TOKYO (Reuters) – The euro probed fresh two-year lows early on Monday in a subdued start to a holiday-shortened week, extending a multi-month trend of weakness against the dollar that many traders say will remain intact in the new year.

Speculation is high that the European Central Bank (ECB) will be forced to expand its asset-buying program to include sovereign debt in early 2015, at a time when the Federal Reserve is preparing to do the opposite and lift interest rates.

Dec 18, 2014

Japan fund managers raise bond weighting as oil slump fans growth fears: Reuters poll

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese fund managers increased their allocation of global bonds to the highest level in a year and a half, as plunging oil prices are seen hurting energy producing countries and raising uncertainty over the global economic outlook.

The survey of eight Japan-based fund managers, polled between Dec. 9 and 15, also showed they favored U.S. bonds, which now offer much higher yields than many of their peers in Europe and Japan.

Dec 18, 2014

Dollar jumps as Fed rate guidance shows quiet confidence in US economy

TOKYO, Dec 18 (Reuters) – The dollar took the upper hand on
Thursday after the Federal Reserve signalled it was on track to
raise interest rates next year, altering a pledge to keep them
near zero for a “considerable time” in a show of confidence in
the U.S. economy.

The Fed said it would take a “patient” approach in deciding
when to bump borrowing costs higher, guidance which it said is
consistent with its previous statement that rates will be low
“for a considerable time.”

Dec 16, 2014

Yen firm as oil slump curbs risk appetite, rouble rebounds sharply

TOKYO, Dec 16 (Reuters) – The yen hit a two-week high versus
the dollar on Tuesday as investors shunned riskier assets, while
the rouble – a major victim of plunging oil prices – rebounded
after the Russian central bank hiked rates to halt its
currency’s collapse.

The slide in oil prices has triggered a bout of volatility
in global markets in recent weeks, leaving nervous investors
fretting over the deteriorating health of the global economy.

Dec 16, 2014

Ruble rebounds sharply after Russian central bank lifts rates

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Russian ruble rebounded from record lows on Tuesday after the Russian central bank hiked interest rates to halt a collapse in its currency, while the backdrop of falling oil prices and concerns over global growth supported the safe-haven yen.

The ruble traded at 60.00 to the dollar RUB=EBS after falling to as low as 67.1375 on EBS on Monday.