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  • *Markets giving Greece benefit of the doubt for now. The euro rose as much as 0.9 percent to trade at $1.13455, lifting it further from an 11- year trough of $1.1098 reached on Monday, when it became clear that Greece had voted in a new anti-bailout government. Investors are hopeful that the left-wing Syriza party leader, Alexis Tsipras, is willing to negotiate,...

  • SINGAPORE, Jan 27- U.S. exports of condensate have been given an important boost after pipeline company Enterprise Products Partners LP agreed annual contracts with at least two major trading companies to sell the light crude, trade sources said. Oil producers have been pressing to lift a 40- year-old U.S. ban on crude exports and the Department of Commerce...

  • TOKYO— The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people's hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying plea: "I am Kenji." "We want Kenji to come home," said Taku Nishimae, a Japanese filmmaker living in New York, who started the "I am Kenji" Facebook page, right after seeing last...

  • *Markets giving Greece benefit of the doubt for now. SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, Jan 27- The euro steadied versus the dollar on Tuesday, after having bounced off an 11- year trough the previous day as investors decided to take profits on extremely bearish positions. Given that the euro had slid by about five U.S. cents in the wake of the European Central Bank's decision last...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 26- The euro rebounded on Monday as investors took advantage of steep losses sustained during two days of dramatic selling, with the final push down to a fresh 11- year low coming after elections in Greece put an anti-austerity government in power. Greece elected, as expected, left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras of the anti-bailout Syriza party.

  • FOREX-Euro ricochets off lows following Greek vote Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 11:57 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 26- The euro rebounded on Monday as investors took advantage of steep losses from two days of dramatic selling, with the final push down to a fresh 11- year low coming after the results of elections in Greece put an anti-austerity government in power. Greece elected, as expected, left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras of the anti-bailout Syriza party.

  • FOREX-Euro steadies despite Greek worries Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 3:34 AM ET

    LONDON, Jan 26- The euro regained a foothold in early deals in London on Monday, investors choosing to take some profit on two days of dramatic losses after the results of elections in Greece sent the single currency to an 11- year low. Dealers and analysts in London said the most likely next move was still down but that the European Central Bank's announcement of...

  • *Euro hits 11- year low in knee-jerk reaction to Greece vote. *Investors see limited fallout from Greece in longer term. TOKYO, Jan 26- The euro skidded to an 11- year low and stock prices fell on Monday as Greece's Syriza party promised to roll back austerity measures after sweeping to victory in a snap election, putting Athens on a collision course with...

  • TOKYO— Japan's trade deficit ballooned to a record 12.8 trillion yen last year as a weakening yen pushed the cost of imports higher despite a moderate recovery in exports. Preliminary data from the Finance Ministry released Monday showed Japan's exports rose 4.8 percent to 73.1 trillion yen in 2014 while imports climbed 5.7 percent to 85.9 trillion yen.

  • TOKYO, Jan 26- Japan's exports grew the most in a year in December, helped by a weak yen and a pick-up in overseas demand led by the United States, an encouraging sign for the recession-hit economy even as doubts persist about the strength of global consumption. The 12.9 percent year-on-year rise in exports marked a fourth straight month of growth, supported by...

  • TOKYO, Jan 26- Japanese stocks fell on Monday as a resounding election win for Greece's anti-austerity Syriza party raised the prospect of conflict with the country's international lenders, dampening investors' appetite for risk. Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras will likely be sworn in on Monday as prime minister of the first euro zone government openly opposed...

  • TOKYO, Jan 26- Japan's exports grew the most in a year in December, helped by a weak yen and pickup in overseas demand led by the United States, an encouraging sign for the recession-hit economy even as doubts persist about the strength of global consumption. The 12.9 percent year-on-year rise in exports marked a fourth straight month of growth, supported by...

  • SINGAPORE, Jan 26- The euro hit a fresh 11- year low on Monday as Greece's Syriza party promised to roll back austerity measures after sweeping to victory in a snap election, putting Athens on a collision course with international lenders. The euro fell to $1.1098 on trading platform EBS, its lowest level since September 2003. It last traded at $1.1132, down about...

  • Tracking the tailwinds in Japanese markets  Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 5:51 PM ET

    Nicholas Smith, Japan Strategist at CLSA, outlines how global risk events like the political upheaval in Greece could move Japan's benchmark index and the yen.

  • ISIS claims beheading of Japanese hostage Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 3:32 PM ET
    An armed motorcade belonging to members of Derna's Islamic Youth Council, consisting of former members of militias from the town of Derna, drive along a road in Derna, eastern Libya October 3, 2014.

    Japan expressed outrage at an image that purported to show the decapitated body of one of two Japanese hostages captured by ISIS.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 10 Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 PM ET

    DAVOS, Switzerland- Bank of England Governor Mark Carney to take part in panel discussion on "The Global Economic Outlook"- 1500 GMT. **DUSSELDORF, Germany- Deutsche Bundesbank board member Joachim Nagel speaks at the annual conference of the German-Chinese Economy, organized by Handelsblatt and HSBC- 1400 GMT. LUXEMBOURG- Central Bank of Luxembourg Governor and...

  • *China factory activity contracts for 2nd month. LONDON/ BEIJING, Jan 23- Businesses across Asia and Europe have slashed prices at the start of the year to drum up trade, surveys showed on Friday, vindicating the European Central Bank's decision to print money in a bid to revive inflation. Euro zone firms cut prices at the fastest rate in nearly five years and Chinese...

  • *CPI data due 2330 GMT Jan 29, factory output, 2350 GMT. TOKYO, Jan 23- Japan's consumer inflation likely slowed for a fifth straight month in December due largely to falling oil prices, a Reuters poll showed, keeping the Bank of Japan under pressure to meet its ambitious 2 percent inflation target. "December data next week will be examined for evidence to see if the...

  • *China factory activity contracts for 2nd month. BEIJING/ SEOUL, Jan 23- Chinese factories were forced to cut prices for the sixth straight month in January to sell their products, while economic growth in South Korea slowed sharply, raising the prospect of more policy easing from major central banks in Asia. The weak manufacturing reading from China added to...

  • JGBs surge after ECB stimulus boosts government debt Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 9:33 PM ET

    TOKYO, Jan 23- Japanese government bond prices surged on Friday after the European Central Bank's launch of an unexpectedly bold bond-buying stimulus provided a boost for sovereign debt. The benchmark 10- year JGB yield sank 6 basis points to 0.255 percent, heading back towards a record low of 0.195 percent struck early in the week. A regular bond-purchasing...