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  • TOKYO, May 26- China's drive to create a Beijing- led Asian development bank seen as a threat to U.S. and Japanese regional clout is adding to a sense of urgency among Japanese officials keen to get a 12- nation pan-Pacific trade pact off the ground. Japan hopes the Trans-Pacific Partnership will help anchor ally Washington in Asia and create a rule-based regime...

  • Asia stocks gain as China announcements spur Shanghai Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 12:32 AM ET

    TOKYO— Asian shares mostly gained Tuesday after China promoted an array of infrastructure projects as open to private investment and said it was slashing tariffs on imported clothing and other consumer goods. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.2 percent to 20,459.92 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng gained 1.2 percent to 28,320.68. THE QUOTE: "Of course we can see...

  • TOKYO, May 26- Japanese government bond prices stood little changed on Tuesday after paring earlier losses on decent results from a 20- year debt auction. Japan's public pension funds have been moving away from government bonds and into stocks and foreign assets in search of higher returns. Yet heavy buying of JGBs by the Bank of Japan conducting its...

  • *Euro stuck below $1.1000, Greek concerns persist. SYDNEY/ TOKYO, May 26- The dollar scaled a one-month high against a basket of major currencies on Tuesday, having remained bid after comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reinforced a tightening bias on interest rates. Yellen made it clear that the Fed will hike rates and under such conditions the...

  • TOKYO, May 26- Asian shares turned higher on Tuesday, reversing earlier losses on the back of gains in Hong Kong and China, while the dollar extended highs scaled in holiday-thinned trading in the previous session. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.5 percent, after eking out a late gain in the previous session.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 5 Monday, 25 May 2015 | 9:09 PM ET

    TAIPEI- Former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke speaks on Asian economies- 0830 GMT. TEL AVIV, Israel- Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer speaks on "The Federal Reserve and the Global Economy" before a conference in honor of Professor Haim Ben-Shahar- 1630 GMT. PARIS- ECB Governing Council Member Christian Noyer gives an annual press conference in...

  • LONDON, May 25- The dollar hit a one-month high against a basket of major currencies on Monday after stronger-than-expected underlying U.S. inflation bolstered the Federal Reserve's case for an interest rate hike later this year. Amid low volumes, with most of Europe as well as the United States shut for a holiday, the dollar index, which measures the greenback...

  • Global stocks mostly higher in quiet trading day Monday, 25 May 2015 | 4:49 AM ET

    BEIJING— Asian stocks were mostly higher Monday on a quiet trading day with Hong Kong, Wall Street and London closed for holidays. London and Frankfurt were closed for holidays. Wall Street is closed Monday for Memorial Day.

  • LONDON, May 25- The dollar was firm near a two-month high against the yen on Monday and held gains against the euro after stronger-than-expected underlying U.S. inflation supported the Federal Reserve's case for an interest rate hike later this year. Fed Chair Janet Yellen's comments that the central bank was poised to raise rates in 2015 also shored up...

  • TOKYO— Japan posted a trade deficit in April following a single-month's surplus in March, and economists said shortfalls were likely to persist given the weakness of the yen. But thanks to lower oil and gas prices, the deficit fell more than forecast, nearly 94 percent from April 2014, when the deficit was 825.5 billion yen, the Finance Ministry reported Monday.

  • TOKYO— Japan, famous for green tea, is welcoming artisanal American coffee roaster Blue Bottle with long lines that have at times meant a four-hour wait for a cup. Success in Japan is important for Blue Bottle, which operates 17 cafes in the San Francisco Bay area, New York and Los Angeles. Japan is its first foray outside of the U.S.

  • JGBs sag on caution towards auction, weaker Treasuries Monday, 25 May 2015 | 12:11 AM ET

    TOKYO, May 25- Japanese government bond prices sagged on Monday on following a retreat by U.S. The losses by JGBs, however, were contained as the market took heart after seeing firm results to the Bank of Japan's debt buying operation. Japan's finance ministry will sell 1.2 trillion yen of 20- year JGBs on Tuesday with caution towards the sale and selling by dealers...

  • Asian stock markets mostly higher in quiet trading day Sunday, 24 May 2015 | 11:29 PM ET

    BEIJING— Asian stocks were mostly higher Monday on a quiet trading day with Hong Kong, Wall Street and London closed for holidays. Singapore, Manila and New Zealand also rose. GREECE DEBT: Greece's ruling Radical Left Coalition rejected a call by party hardliners to skip its next payment to the International Monetary Fund.

  • TOKYO, May 25- The dollar hovered at a two-month high versus the yen and stood firm against other peers after surging on a higher-than-expected U.S. core consumer price index that supported the Federal Reserve's case for a rate hike later this year. It was the largest rise in the core CPI since January 2013 and followed a 0.2 percent gain in March.

  • TOKYO— Japan's trade balance reverted to a deficit in April but narrowed sharply from the previous year as the plunge in oil prices cut fuel import costs. Strong demand for machinery and cars pushed exports to the U.S., Japan's biggest market, up 21 percent from a year earlier to 1.36 trillion yen. Japan's exports to China edged up 2.4 percent, to 1.21 trillion yen, a...

  • Nikkei, Shanghai Comp hit new multi-year highs   Sunday, 24 May 2015 | 7:13 PM ET
    Nikkei, Shanghai Comp hit new multi-year highs

    While the 15-year peak on the Nikkei 225 is an "eventuality", the 7-year high on the Shanghai Composite is a "little more confusing", says Joe Magyer, senior analyst at The Motley Fool.

  • What could rock markets in the week ahead   Sunday, 24 May 2015 | 6:09 PM ET
    What could rock markets in the week ahead

    CNBC's Oriel Morrison highlights events and economic data that will move the financial markets in Asia this week.

  • LOS ANGELES— It's a meet-and-greet worthy of an A-list star. "A year ago, I went to New York and tried to get a book publisher to take a meeting with me," said Graham, who represents Franta and other mega-popular YouTubers. Here we are a year later at Barnes& Noble in Los Angeles with a New York Times best-selling author who is a client.

  • TOKYO— Japan pledged Saturday 55 billion yen in aid to Pacific island nations that are battling rising sea levels and natural calamities as a result of global warming. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the pledge at a two-day meeting with the island nations' leaders in Iwaki in northern Japan. Japan will also help with expert exchanges and training.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 4 Friday, 22 May 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    SINTRA, Portugal- European Central Bank board member Vitor Constancio chairs session 2 on "Structural Perspectives on European Employment, Productivity, and Growth in a Global Context" at an ECB forum on Central Banking "Inflation and Unemployment in Europe"- 0800 GMT. SINTRA, Portugal- Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer participates in a panel...