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  • TOKYO— Asian stock markets crept higher Monday in thin holiday trading, with gains kept in check as investors fretted about a global economic slowdown after data showed U.S. employers added fewer jobs last month. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 1.1 percent to 17,004.30 while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 was flat at 4,975.40. Markets were closed in...

  • Gorilla war or going ape: What's your strategy? Monday, 8 Feb 2016 | 12:31 AM ET

    As the year of the fire monkey kicks off, in this week's Trader Poll, tell us which of the monkey's traits best match your approach.

  • TOKYO— Asian stock markets were little changed Monday in thin holiday trading as investors fretted about a global economic slowdown after data showed U.S. employers added fewer jobs last month. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.1 percent to 16,827.97 while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 was flat at 4,975.00. Markets were closed in China, Hong Kong,...

  • TOKYO, Feb 8- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Monday he will publish the outcome of investigations the central bank is conducting into a media leak of its impending decision last month to deploy negative interest rates. The online edition of Japanese daily Nikkei ran a story saying the BOJ was discussing adopting a negative interest rate policy...

  • Double-whammy hammers Japan's trading houses Sunday, 7 Feb 2016 | 9:39 PM ET

    Japan's storied trading houses face billions of dollars in impairments from an emerging markets downturn and the commodities rout.

  • Asian markets to take a New Year breather Sunday, 7 Feb 2016 | 9:15 PM ET
    Asian markets closed for Lunar New Year, which heralds the Year of the Monkey.

    With several markets closed for the Lunar New Year and only a smattering of Asian data due, it may be a rare quiet week for investors.

  • China, a focus of much of the recent market concern, released foreign reserves data on Sunday which showed the central bank dumped dollars to defend the yuan and prevent an increase in capital outflows. The country's foreign reserves fell $99.5 billion to $3.23 trillion in January, the lowest level since May 2012, central bank data showed. Federal Reserve Chair...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 8- India will release data on Monday showing it remains one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but economists are struggling to reconcile that rosy picture with ground realities like weak exports, investment, and flat corporate order books. "There are inconsistencies between the picture presented by new GDP series and many other tried...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 5- Gold rose to a three-month high in volatile trade on Friday, as a mixed U.S. jobs report prompted investors to reassess the outlook for U.S. interest rates this year, putting bullion on track for its strongest weekly performance in more than a year. "The futures curve is showing that the probability of a March hike has fallen to around 10 percent,...

  • China, a major commodities consumer and focus of much of the recent concern, releases trade data in the coming week that will be closely watched to gauge demand in the world's second-largest economy, while U.S. retail sales figures will give clues on the state of consumer confidence there. "While we don't think that the world's economy is set to fall off a cliff, the...

  • LONDON, Feb 5- The price of gold slipped after a mixed U.S. jobs report on Friday, but was still on track for its biggest weekly gain in a month on doubts about whether the Federal Reserve can keep raising interest rates. Spot gold initially rose after the jobs report to $1,161.31 an ounce, its highest since Oct. 29, but by 1401 GMT it was down 0.5 percent at $1,149.86 an...

  • Japanese volcano erupts near nuclear plant Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 6:05 AM ET
    An aerial view of Sakurajima taken in August 2015

    A Japanese volcano about 50 km (30 miles) from a nuclear plant erupted on Friday, Japan's Meteorological Agency said.

  • *Jan exports seen at -1.9 pct y/y vs Dec's -1.4 pct. BEIJING, Feb 5- China's January exports may have fallen for a seventh month with factories still battling falling prices, but an expected jump in bank lending may underscore the government's bid to put a floor under the slowing economy. That may produce a trade surplus of $58.85 billion for January, compared with a...

  • LONDON, Feb 5- The wait for U.S. monthly jobs numbers steadied stock markets on Friday and allowed the dollar to recover after its worst week in more than six years. London and Paris both gained; Frankfurt fell around half a percent.,. "There is a general skepticism towards a proper rate hike cycle by the Fed- that's been driving down the dollar there's probably not that...

  • "Our base case scenario is for a gradual and controlled depreciation in the yuan by end-2016," said Jason Daw, head of Asian FX strategy at Societe Generale. The yuan, also known as the renminbi, has lost over 1 percent so far this year and is down almost 6 percent since early August, when the People's Bank of China devalued it. While no one can predict with any real...

  • IMF: We're honing rescue tools for China-hit EMs Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 2:17 AM ET
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) logo is seen at the IMF headquarters building in Washington.

    Christine Lagarde said China's slowdown would pressure oil and commodity exporters around the globe, increasing demands for IMF aid.

  • This is China’s next market hurdle Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 2:16 AM ET

    China has struggled to shore up the yuan amid hefty capital outflows. Reserves data over the weekend may offer a glimpse of the challenge's severity.

  • ISTANBUL, Feb 5- Standing amid a jumble of food stalls in an Istanbul market, 61- year-old Gulsen Yuce wonders how she can stretch an already tight budget to make ends meet as food prices rise week after week. Global food prices have fallen to their lowest in nearly seven years, but Turkey has consistently struggled with food costs overshooting headline inflation-...

  • Top China defector passes state secrets to US Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 1:47 AM ET
    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 08: Former secretary of the Central Secretariat of the Communist Party of China Ling Jihua attends the plenary session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference at the Great Hall of the People on March 8, 2013 in Beijing, China.

    The brother of a disgraced Communist official is believed to be the most valuable Chinese defector to the US, the Financial Times reports.

  • JAKARTA, Feb 5- Indonesia's economy picked up speed in the fourth quarter thanks to higher public spending, suggesting President Joko Widodo is finally starting to unclog much needed infrastructure investment and spur growth in the year ahead. Southeast Asia's largest economy grew 5.04 percent in October-December from a year earlier, supported by...

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