Asia-Pacific News Australia & New Zealand

  • TOKYO, Sept 23- The dollar gained in Asian trading on Friday but was on track to end a tumultuous week with losses after the Federal Reserve trimmed its long-term interest rate expectations and the Bank of Japan rebooted its monetary policy framework. The 100- yen level remains a key technical point, and a break of that could open the pair's downside, said Yutaka...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Two Indonesian fishermen who escaped slavery aboard a Honolulu- based tuna and swordfish vessel when it docked at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf are suing the boat's owner for tricking them into accepting dangerous jobs they say they weren't allowed to leave. The lawsuit alleges that San Jose, California, resident Thoai Nguyen, owner and...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 22- World stock indexes jumped and the Nasdaq hit a record high on Thursday while bonds rallied, a day after the Federal Reserve signaled an increasingly cautious approach to future U.S. rate increases. Market pricing for a December move rose only a fraction to 59.3 percent from 59.2 percent, according to CME Group's FedWatch tool.

  • *Turkey, Indonesia cut rates, world total since 2015 almost 200. LONDON, Sept 22- Wall Street had record highs back in its sights on Thursday as world shares and bonds rallied after the Federal Reserve signalled an increasingly cautious approach to future U.S. rate increases. European markets followed Asia's lead, with Britain's FTSE 100 climbing 1.3 percent and...

  • LONDON— Julien Ascoet was already suspicious when he pulled the plain white envelope from his mailbox this past July. The letter had no stamp and was completely unmarked. Someone must have delivered it in person to Ascoet's home outside the French port city of Nantes.

  • *European, Asian shares jump after Wall St gains 1 pct. LONDON, Sept 22- World shares and bonds rallied on Thursday, after the Federal Reserve left U.S. interest rates unchanged and slowed the pace of future hikes, weakening the dollar and lifting commodity prices. European markets followed Wall Street and Asia's lead with Britain's FTSE 100 climbing 0.6 percent...

  • *Australia, New Zealand say could cut later. Federal Reserve made it easier this week for central banks in the Asia Pacific to stay dovish, with Indonesia lowering rates on Thursday and Australia and New Zealand saying they could cut later. Bank Indonesia made its fifth rate cut this year, trimming its policy rate by 25 basis points to 5.00 percent to nudge economic...

  • London's FTSE 100 advanced 0.5 percent to 6,866.30. On Wednesday, the CAC 40 climbed 0.8 percent, the DAX gained 0.7 percent and the FTSE rose 0.2 percent. Benchmarks in Taiwan, New Zealand and Indonesia also rose, while Singapore declined.

  • SINGAPORE/ SYDNEY, Sept 22- Asian shares rallied on Thursday, taking their cue from Wall Street, after the Federal Reserve left U.S. interest rates unchanged and slowed the pace of future hikes, knocking the dollar and lifting commodity prices. European markets are likely to follow suit, with financial spreadbetters predicting Britain's FTSE 100 will open up as...

  • *Dollar/yen hits lowest level in nearly 4 weeks. *Fed signals less aggressive rate rises in coming years. SINGAPORE, Sept 22- The dollar stumbled to a near 4- week low against the yen on Thursday, after the U.S.

  • *Dollar nurses losses after Fed keeps interest rates unchanged. SINGAPORE, Sept 22- The dollar hit a near 4- week low against the yen on Thursday after the U.S. The dollar fell 0.2 percent to 100.15 yen and touched a low of 100.12 yen at one point, its lowest level since Aug. 26.

  • LONDON- Bank of England's Monetary Policy Member Kristin Forbes will discuss why economics shocks can have global reach and the variety of factors involved- 1200 GMT. FRANKFURT- European Central Bank releases its economic bulletin- 0800 GMT. FRANKFURT- European Central Bank publishes the results of its second targeted long-term refinancing operation, a...

  • LONDON- Bank of England's Monetary Policy Member Kristin Forbes will discuss why economics shocks can have global reach and the variety of factors involved- 1200 GMT. FRANKFURT- European Central Bank releases its economic bulletin- 0800 GMT. FRANKFURT- European Central Bank publishes the results of its second targeted long-term refinancing operation, a...

  • *US dollar hits one-week high of 102.79 yen. SINGAPORE, Sept 21- The Bank of Japan's monetary policy reboot on Wednesday was met with a rising dollar, tepid Asian stock markets and a broad uptick in bond yields, indicating investors struggled for clarity on what the changes mean for global risk appetite. "The measures don't add a lot of stimulus into the system," said...

  • WELLINGTON, Sept 21- New Zealand's immigration boom struck a record with 125,000 newcomers landing in the 12 months through August, yet shortages of skilled labor in hot sectors like tech and construction is fueling criticism of government policies. "The key issue around migration is what is the- for want of a better word- the quality of the people that we bring in,"...

  • Treasury Secretary Jack Lew speaks on U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment before a forum hosted on the occasion of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly and is co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies- 1805 GMT. DUBLIN- Bank of England's executive director of insurance supervision, David Rule, at the General Insurance...

  • Treasury Secretary Jack Lew speaks on U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment before a forum hosted on the occasion of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly and is co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies- 1805 GMT. DUBLIN- Bank of England's executive director of insurance supervision, David Rule, at the General Insurance...

  • *China boosts nickel ore imports. LONDON, Sept 20- Zinc rose on Tuesday, bouncing back for a second day after two weeks of losses, supported by speculators betting on shortages and an uptick in Chinese demand for industrial metals. Zinc was the top performer on the London Metal Exchange with benchmark prices climbing 1.5 percent to $2,284 a tonne by 1032 GMT after...

  • LONDON- Bank of England's executive director Andrew Hauser gives speech at CREST event- 1310 GMT. QUEBEC CITY, Canada- Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz will give a speech in Quebec City on the topic of "Living With Lower for Longer," followed by a press conference- 1635 GMT. ENKOPING, Sweden- Sweden's Riksbank First Deputy Governor Kerstin af Jochnick will...

  • LONDON- Bank of England's executive director Andrew Hauser gives speech at CREST event- 1310 GMT. QUEBEC CITY, Canada- Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz will give a speech in Quebec City on the topic of "Living With Lower for Longer", followed by a press conference- 1635 GMT. ENKOPING, Sweden- Sweden's Riksbank First Deputy Governor Kerstin af Jochnick will...