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  • With Japan on holiday, speculators drove the yen through 107.00 per dollar for the first time since October 2014. "Dollar/yen is not undervalued, and global macro conditions are by no means positive for risk sentiment," Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts wrote in a note to clients, adding that a test of 100 yen in the coming months is likely.

  • With Japan on holiday, speculators drove the yen through 107.00 per dollar for the first time since October 2014. "Dollar/yen is not undervalued, and global macro conditions are by no means positive for risk sentiment," Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts wrote in a note to clients, adding that a test of 100 yen in the coming months is likely.

  • With Japan on holiday, speculators drove the yen through 107.00 per dollar for the first time since October 2014. Often seen as a sign of broader risk aversion among investors, the move coupled with a decline on Wall Street overnight to pushed Asian and European stocks into the red. U.S. futures pointed to a lower open on Wall Street.

  • LONDON, April 27- European shares were steady on Wednesday, with markets supported by gains at sportswear group Adidas and British bank Barclays, although some tech stocks fell after lower sales at Apple. Germany's DAX rose 0.1 percent while Spain's IBEX progressed 0.6 percent, with Spain set for new elections in June. Even though Barclays reported a slump in...

  • *Germany underperforms after weak Ifo. LONDON, April 25- European shares edged lower on Monday, consolidating gains from a strong week which saw a top index touch a 3- month high, with a drop in French utility EDF weighing on the market. Germany's DAX was down 1.1 percent, the region's underperformer, after German business morale fell in April.

  • *Japan shares climb as report on BOJ negative loans weakens yen. SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, April 22- Asian shares slid from a 5 1/ 2- month high on Friday on disappointing earnings from U.S. blue chip companies, but Japanese shares surged after a media report about a possible Bank of Japan policy change weakened the yen. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside...

  • *Shanghai shares down almost 4 pct as China worries linger. Brent crude shed $1.12 to $42.91 a barrel, while U.S. crude oil sank $1.09 to $39.99. China concerns also resurfaced as Shanghai stocks slid 3.8 percent, with every sector from financials to telecoms in the red.

  • NEW YORK, April 13- Major stock markets rose on Wednesday after surprisingly upbeat Chinese international trade data offered hope Asia's biggest economy is finally stabilising. U.S. crude oil lost nearly 2.0 percent to $41.40, easing back from a four-month high, but also held above the 200- day moving average around $40.95 as attention turns to this weekend's...

  • LONDON, April 13- Global stocks rose on Wednesday after surprisingly upbeat Chinese trade data offered hope Asia's biggest economy is finally stabilizing, boosting risk appetite. A strong rise in European bank shares, led by renewed optimism surrounding Italy's fund to shore up weak lenders, and a positive reaction to JP Morgan's first quarter earnings also...

  • LONDON, April 13- Global stocks rose on Wednesday after surprisingly upbeat Chinese trade data offered hope Asia's biggest economy is finally stabilizing, fueling risk appetite. Europe's main indices rose as much as 2 percent in early trade, Asian stocks extended their winning streak to the longest in six months, and U.S. futures pointed to a positive open on...

  • LONDON, April 12- A rise in oil prices and gains for some European banking shares helped prod stock markets into positive territory on Tuesday, in a week dominated by what second-quarter corporate earnings will say about the state of global markets and growth. The mood among investors in Europe and the United States has been subdued before earnings season.

  • LONDON, April 11- World markets struggled for direction on Monday, with renewed strength in the yen, government bonds and gold pointing to heightened caution among investors, but a sharp rebound in European stocks suggesting a pent-up appetite for risk. Europe's main indices fell as much as 1 percent, Japan's yen rose to a 17- month high against the dollar and...

  • Financial spreadbetters expected subdued openings for European bourses, with Britain's FTSE 100 seen down around 0.2 percent, Germany's DAX expected to open down as much as 0.3 percent, and France's CAC 40 seen opening 0.4 percent lower. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added about 0.2 percent, after Wall Street ended with modest...

  • LONDON, April 8- Stocks and bond yields rebounded on Friday but were still firmly on track to end lower over the course of a bruising and volatile week marked by the Japanese yen's surge against the dollar. The dollar was also 0.7 percent higher against the yen at 109.00 yen, recovering from its first break below 108.00 since October 2014 the previous day.

  • SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, April 8- Most Asian shares fell to three-week lows on Friday, but Japan bucked the trend after its finance minister pledged to guard against strong moves in the yen in either direction. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.2 percent, heading for a weekly drop of 1.5 percent. European equities look set to fare better,...

  • TOKYO, April 6- Asian share prices won some reprieve on Wednesday after a sharp fall in the previous session, but gains were modest as soft economic data from the United States and Europe cast a shadow on the global economic outlook. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.1 percent in the early trade, a day after it fell 1.6 percent, its...

  • NEW YORK, April 5- The dollar fell on Tuesday to its weakest level against the yen since October 2014 and stock markets worldwide slumped as economic data out of Europe and the United States fueled a retreat from riskier assets. Wall Street followed declines across Europe and Asia. In New York, shares of Dublin- based Allergan were hammered after the U.S. Treasury...

  • *Yen falls 0.8 pct vs yen as stocks and oil slide. *European shares led lower by Germany after factory orders slide. LONDON, April 5- The dollar fell on Tuesday to its weakest against the yen since October 2014 as investors' view of riskier assets soured, pushing shares and oil prices lower as the outlook for U.S. interest rates remained clouded.

  • LONDON, April 1- Gloomy Japanese manufacturing data on Friday ensured a downbeat start to the second quarter, driving stocks lower and supporting safe-haven assets like gold and the yen as investors awaited a U.S. payrolls report later in the day. Europe's main indices fell as much as 2 percent, following a 3.5 percent slide in Japan's Nikkei, its steepest daily...

  • LONDON, April 1- Gloomy Japanese manufacturing data on Friday ensured a downbeat start to the second quarter, driving stocks and oil lower and supporting safe-haven assets like gold and the Japanese yen. Still bruised from a turbulent first quarter, investors took their cue from the Japanese data rather than more encouraging figures from China's...