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  • FOREX-Dollar retreats on weak data as new quarter begins Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 10:54 AM ET

    NEW YORK, April 1- The dollar fell on Wednesday at the start of the second quarter as disappointing data on U.S. manufacturing and jobs growth raised bets the Federal Reserve might refrain from raising interest rates until late 2015 at the earliest. Payroll processor ADP said U.S. companies added 189,000 workers in March, the fewest in 14 months, while the...

  • Bottles of the fragrance were sold at the fast-food chain's stores in Japan for 5,000 yen, including one Whopper burger. At a downtown Tokyo outlet, 17- year-old student Yuki Ishibashi bought one out of curiosity. The promotion, available only in Japan, was timed deliberately for April Fools' Day.

  • *Gold fell 2.4 pct in March, second monthly loss. LONDON, April 1- Gold eased on Wednesday after ending March down more than 2 percent, as the dollar edged higher and as expectations that U.S. interest rates will rise this year weighed on the metal. Gold is particularly sensitive to shifts in U.S. interest rates, which also move the dollar, in which the metal is priced.

  • *Companies struggling in China and much of Asia. April 1- Companies struggled in China and much of the rest of Asia in March, suggesting central banks may have to resort to more stimulus, just as factories in the euro zone begin to reap rewards from ultra-easy policy there. But three separate surveys of China's factory and services sectors released on Wednesday...

  • *Yen firmer as weak Tokyo shares weigh on risk sentiment. LONDON, April 1- The dollar fell back on Wednesday as a soft reading on Japanese business sentiment dented Tokyo shares but helped bolster the yen, while some improvement in Chinese data offered support to the Australian and New Zealand dollars. Greece's economy minister said the country should reach a...

  • JGBs mostly firm, taking cue from weaker stocks Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 3:03 AM ET

    TOKYO, April 1- Japanese government bonds mostly firmed on Wednesday on the first session of the country's new fiscal year, benefiting from a sharp selloff in stocks as well as the Bank of Japan's purchases under its massive asset-buying scheme. The notable exception was the 30- year zone, which slumped after the central bank opted to forego increasing its...

  • Upbeat European data prompts stock market turnaround Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 2:42 AM ET

    TOKYO— Asian stock markets mostly sagged Wednesday as China's manufacturing remained weak in February and a Japanese central bank survey showed businesses are wary about the economic outlook. But Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 0.7 percent to 25,074.61 and the Shanghai Composite Index added 1.4 percent to 3,799.64 on speculation authorities will do more...

  • April 1- Companies struggled in China and much of the rest of Asia in March amid persistently weak domestic and global demand, suggesting that policymakers may have to resort to more stimulus to spur growth. The official Purchasing Managers' Index ticked up to 50.1 in March from 49.9 in February, but a separate private survey from HSBC which focuses on small and...

  • *Yen firmer as weak Tokyo shares weigh on risk sentiment. SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, April 1- The dollar slipped versus the yen at the start of a new quarter on Wednesday, as a soft reading on Japanese business sentiment dented Tokyo shares and helped bolster the safe haven yen. "Dollar/yen has led this move today and I think it's basically trading off the back end of the Nikkei,"...

  • *Iran talks extend past deadline, crude extends losses. TOKYO, April 1- Asian stocks sagged on Wednesday, taking their lead from weaker U.S. shares, while the dollar slid against the yen as Tokyo's Nikkei recoiled in volatile trade. Crude oil prices continued to decline as negotiations between Iran and world powers over nuclear technology with potential supply...

  • TOKYO, April 1- Weakening demand at home and abroad weighed on Japanese manufacturers' confidence in the first quarter, prompting them to cut spending plans, clouding the outlook for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's drive to reflate the economy. But the latest central bank survey showed service-sector firms saw business conditions improve to a nearly one-year...

  • TOKYO, April 1- Tokyo shares fell on Wednesday as investors sold recent gainers to lock in profit on the first day of Japanese financial year and after soft reading on the Bank of Japan's tankan business sentiment survey. A close below the 25- day moving average would probably lead to a near-term correction in the market, "said Takashi Oba, senior strategist at...

  • TOKYO— Japanese businesses remain wary over the outlook for the world's No. 3 economy and generally plan to reduce capital investment, according to a central bank survey released Wednesday. The Bank of Japan's quarterly "tankan" survey will likely reinforce the conviction among many that more stimulus is needed to sustain growth as Japan struggles to escape...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 15 Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    STONE MOUNTAIN, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams moderates "Policy Session 3: Financial Stability: How Essential Should Financial Stability Be to Central Banks?" before the 2015 Financial Markets Conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta- 1230 GMT. STONE MOUNTAIN, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of...

  • NEW YORK, March 31- U.S. stocks retreated on Tuesday from the previous session's rally, though major indexes were headed for a positive first quarter, while the euro was on track for its biggest quarterly fall as worries about Greece kept the currency under pressure. The European Central Bank's one-trillion-euro economic stimulus program, launched this month,...

  • By Rahul Karunakar and Hari Kishan. March 31- Uncertainty surrounding the timing of the U.S. Chinese and most European stocks have led the way with a stellar run, buoyed by stimulus from the People's Bank of China and the European Central Bank.

  • STOCKHOLM/ TOKYO, March 31- Hedge fund Elliott Management has raised its stake in surveillance camera maker Axis AB, a disclosure notice showed, possibly putting pressure on Japan's Canon Inc to sweeten its 23.6 billion crown takeover bid. Canon, the world's leading camera maker, in February launched a friendly offer to buy Axis shares to expand in the...

  • But 14 states, mainly west of the Mississippi River, now have speed limits of 75, 80, even 85 mph in part of Texas. "It's a recipe for disaster," said James Perham, president of Extreme Transportation Corp., an automobile-hauling company near San Diego that filed a complaint with regulators about Michelin tires after seven blowouts caused an estimated $20,000 to...

  • TOKYO, March 31- Asian purchases of Iranian crude fell by a quarter in February from a year ago, led by big drops in India and South Korea, although the future of Tehran's oil exports remains murky as it and six world powers race to reach a preliminary nuclear deal. Imports by Iran's four biggest buyers- China, India, Japan and South Korea- though down on-year, bounced...

  • TOKYO— Japan is not planning to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, its government spokesman said Tuesday, while Taiwan announced it would apply for membership, joining dozens of countries in signing up to an initiative opposed by Washington. "As of today, Japan will not join AIIB and a clear explanation has not been received from China," Suga...