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Aug 21, 2014

Asia shares sour on China, US dollar in demand

SYDNEY, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Asian shares came under pressure
on Thursday as a disappointing survey on Chinese manufacturing
overshadowed better news from Japan, while the U.S. dollar was
buoyed by speculation of an earlier rate rise from the Federal
Reserve.

European markets seemed more sanguine, with financial
spreadbetters tipping opening gains of between 0.1 percent and
0.3 percent for FTSE, DAX and CAC 40.

Aug 21, 2014

Asia shares slip as China disappoints, Japan bucks trend

SYDNEY, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Asian shares came under pressure
on Thursday as a disappointing survey on Chinese manufacturing
stoked concerns about the regional giant and overshadowed better
news from Japan.

The HSBC/Markit Flash China Manufacturing Purchasing
Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to 50.3 in August from July’s
18-month high of 51.7, badly missing a Reuters forecast of 51.5.

Aug 21, 2014

Dollar, yields spike on Fed minutes; China data awaited

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar was flying high on Thursday as investors detected a hawkish turn in policy discussions at the Federal Reserve, while Asian share markets took comfort from a resilient performance on Wall Street.

Yields on short-term U.S. debt leaped by the most since March, while the dollar reached heights not visited in 11 months as minutes of the Fed’s last meeting led markets to price in a greater risk of an earlier hike in interest rates.

Aug 14, 2014

Shares, bonds rally as investors bank on endless stimulus

SYDNEY, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Asian shares pushed higher on
Thursday after a flood of soft economic data led investors to
wager on a ceaseless fountain of stimulus from major central
banks, sending bond yields tumbling across the globe.

An economic contraction in Japan, a shock fall in Chinese
loans, a surprisingly dovish turn by the Bank of England and a
sluggish reading on U.S. retail sales all combined to make any
tightening in policy seem a very distant prospect.

Aug 14, 2014

Asia shares up as investors bank on more stimulus

SYDNEY, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Asian shares pushed higher on
Thursday after a flood of soft economic data led investors to
wager on a ceaseless fountain of stimulus from major central
banks, sending bond yields tumbling across the globe.

An economic contraction in Japan, a shock fall in Chinese
loans, a surprisingly dovish turn by the Bank of England and a
sluggish reading on U.S. retail sales all combined to make any
tightening in policy seem a very distant prospect.

Aug 12, 2014

Asia shares extend rally, oil stuck near lows

SYDNEY, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Asian shares nudged higher on
Tuesday, tracking rallies in the United States and Europe as
investors seemed to put aside geopolitical concerns, at least
for the moment.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
added 0.4 percent after jumping 1.5 percent on
Monday. Japan’s Topix rose 0.4 percent, while the Nikkei
firmed 0.2 percent.

Aug 12, 2014

Australian business activity best in 4 years, home prices jump

SYDNEY, Aug 12 (Reuters) – A measure of Australian business
conditions hit the highest in four years in July as firms
reported a sharp pick up in sales and profitability, a promising
start to the third quarter after a couple of disappointing
months.

There was also upbeat news for household wealth as Tuesday’s
data showed growth in home prices topped 10 percent in the year
to June, adding a massive A$492 billion ($456 billion) to the
value of Australia’s housing stock.

Aug 12, 2014

Asia shares extend bounce, oil pinned near lows

SYDNEY, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Asian shares edged higher on
Tuesday tracking rallies in the United States and Europe as
investors seemed to put aside geopolitical concerns, at least
for the moment.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
added 0.3 percent after jumping 1.5 percent on
Monday. Japan’s Topix rose 0.4 percent, while the Nikkei
firmed 0.3 percent.

Aug 6, 2014

Asia shares worn down by Wall Street, oil near nine-month low

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian stocks slipped on Wednesday while the U.S. dollar held firm after a slump on Wall Street and tensions over Ukraine instilled a mood of risk aversion across markets.

Geopolitical concerns overshadowed upbeat U.S. economic data which included a spike in service-sector activity to a nine-year peak and a surprisingly large increase in factory orders.

Aug 6, 2014

Asia shares worn down by Wall St, oil near 9-mth low

SYDNEY, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Asian stocks slipped on Wednesday
while the U.S. dollar held firm after a slump on Wall Street and
tensions over Ukraine instilled a mood of risk aversion across
markets.

Geopolitical concerns overshadowed upbeat U.S. economic data
which included a spike in service-sector activity to a nine-year
peak and a surprisingly large increase in factory orders.