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Mar 2, 2014

Stocks pressured, yen, Swiss franc rise on Ukraine anxiety

TOKYO, March 3 (Reuters) – Escalating political tensions in
Ukraine pressured Asian stocks on Monday, forcing anxious
investors to cut their exposure to riskier assets in favour of
traditional safe haven bets such as the Japanese yen and Swiss
franc.

Ukraine mobilised for war on Sunday and Washington
threatened to isolate Russia economically, after President
Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his
neighbour, in the biggest confrontation between Russia and the
West since the Cold War.

Feb 27, 2014

Asian shares get off to nervous start as Ukraine fears grow

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares got off to a shaky start on Thursday as emerging markets were rattled by escalating tensions in Ukraine, sending investors scurrying to the safety of the dollar and U.S. Treasuries.

Japanese stocks skidded in early trade, with the Nikkei .N225 off 0.7 percent while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS dipped 0.2 percent, and the Australian market gave up 0.3 percent .

Feb 25, 2014

Dollar steadies ahead of US data, nervous Asia eyes yuan weakness

TOKYO, Feb 25 (Reuters) – The dollar steadied against its
rivals in Asian trade on Tuesday with major currency pairs
sticking to tight ranges as traders awaited economic data later
in the session for more clarity on the pace of the U.S. economic
recovery.

Market participants in Asia remained focused on China, where
a recent spate of soft data has raised concerns about the
outlook for growth, in addition to lingering fears about the
impact of the government’s efforts to cool the property market.

Feb 25, 2014

Nikkei hits 3-1/2-week high on Wall Street rally, Softbank jumps

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Nikkei average advanced to a 3-1/2-week peak on Tuesday after a rally in Wall Street shares to historic highs triggered short-covering in battered Japanese stocks.

Shares of Softbank Corp climbed to their highest in a month on a report that the company is seeking to buy a stake in Line Corp, a mobile-messaging service controlled by South Korea’s Naver Corp.

Feb 25, 2014

Dollar steadies, attention turns to US data as Ukraine fears ebb

TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar steadied against its rivals in early Asian trade on Tuesday as traders sought more clarity on the pace of the U.S. economic recovery after a series of soft data releases in the past few weeks.

The dollar index .DXY stood at 80.21, near the middle of its range in the past week between 79.93 and 80.42, with safe-haven demand for the greenback receding on growing hopes Ukraine may find some stability after the fall of Russian-backed president Viktor Yanukovich.

Feb 21, 2014

Asian shares ride U.S. optimism, China remains a concern

TOKYO (Reuters) – A rosy survey on factory activity in the United States gave Asian share markets an early boost on Friday, though underlying concerns about China’s economic growth kept investors from rushing to buy riskier assets.

Japan’s Nikkei share average .N225 led the way, soaring 2.1 percent and Australian shares tacked on 0.6 percent to edge near a five-year peak hit in October. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS advance 0.4 percent.

Feb 18, 2014

Asian stocks steady, dollar wobbles near 6-week lows

TOKYO, Feb 18 (Reuters) – A string of disappointing U.S.
data pinned the dollar near six-week lows against a basket of
currencies on Tuesday, while Asian share markets held steady
after notching up solid gains in recent sessions.

The dollar index stood at 80.114 near its lowest
level so far this year while gold and silver stood near 3
1/2-month highs on the back of the dollar’s weakness.

Feb 13, 2014

Asian shares hold near 3-week high as China trade calms nerves

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian markets held steady near three-week highs on Thursday, as investors were cautiously optimistic after upbeat trade data from China eased concerns over the global economy and helped take some of the sting off the recent emerging markets turmoil.

The new Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s reassurance on U.S. monetary policy and economic outlooks also appear to have done enough for now to underpin risk appetite.

Feb 7, 2014

Asian shares stabilize after Wall Street rise, focus on U.S. jobs

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares regained a measure of stability on Friday, stepping further away from five-month lows after a strong night on Wall Street and hopeful signs an upcoming crucial U.S. jobs report will put to bed some of the global growth concerns.

In early trade, MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS rose 0.3 percent, a day after the index posted its biggest gains in over two months.

Feb 7, 2014

Asian shares stabilise after Wall St rise, focus on US jobs

TOKYO, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Asian shares regained a measure of
stability on Friday, stepping further away from five-month lows
after a strong night on Wall Street and hopeful signs an
upcoming crucial U.S. jobs report will put to bed some of the
global growth concerns.

In early trade, MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares
outside Japan rose 0.3 percent, a day after the
index posted its biggest gains in over two months.