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  • TOKYO— Asian stocks were mostly lower Thursday as a deadline for Greece to make a debt payment neared and Chinese shares dived after big gains in the past three months. GREECE FACTOR: Greece might miss a debt payment on June 5 if it fails to receive bailout funds from creditors, who are demanding that the country make reforms to its economy. THE QUOTE: "With the...

  • *USD touches 124.30 yen, highest level since December 2002. TOKYO/ SYDNEY, May 28- The dollar hit its highest since December 2002 against the yen on Thursday due to expectations that U.S. interest rates will rise later this year, while the Australian dollar struck a six-week low following disappointing capital expenditure data. The greenback soared as high as...

  • Are things improving in Japan? Not really: Pro   Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 8:13 PM ET
    Are things improving in Japan? Not really: Pro

    Patrick Chovanec, chief strategist at Silvercrest Asset Management, says there is a danger of competitive devaluation between Europe and Japan and adds that Japan needs to roll out more comprehensive reforms.

  • Why Japan stocks are the most favorable in Asia   Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 6:49 PM ET
    Why Japan stocks are the most favorable in Asia

    Riad Younes, co-founder of R Squared Capital Management, says improvements in corporate governance are driving Japan's equity market and discusses the effect of a weak yen.

  • BOJ Kuroda: Inflation target is 'reasonable'   Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 6:22 PM ET
    BOJ Kuroda: Inflation target is 'reasonable'

    Haruhiko Kuroda, Governor of the Bank of Japan, says factors such as a possible "significant wage increase" put the central bank on track to achieve 2 percent inflation.

  • BOJ Kuroda: Why the yen isn't too weak   Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 6:20 PM ET
    BOJ Kuroda: Why the yen isn't too weak

    Haruhiko Kuroda, Governor of the Bank of Japan, says the movements of the Japanese yen are in line with economic fundamentals.

  • BEIJING, May 28- Japan's Takata Corp, which for months resisted U.S. regulators' demands to widen a recall over its potentially lethal air bags, has had an "attitude shift" and is in a mood to compromise to try to resolve the ballooning auto safety crisis, said a person close to the company. "'There's no use or gain in fighting the regulators' is how one Takata management...

  • *Second day of Libor trial in London. LONDON, May 27- Tom Hayes, a former trader accused of conspiring to rig benchmark interest rates, abandoned an attempt to enlist his step brother into the alleged scam after deciding it was wrong to ask for his help, a London court heard on Wednesday. On the second day of the world's first jury trial of an individual charged with...

  • FOREX-Dollar hits 8-year high vs yen, euro slips Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 10:18 AM ET

    *Greece debt concerns compound euro's weakness. "We broke out of a technical pattern because of the general dollar strength," Marc Chandler, chief global currency strategist at Brown Brothers Harriman& Co. in New York, said of the Japanese currency. Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari said earlier Wednesday while recent movements reflected the dollar's...

  • LONDON, May 27- Tom Hayes, a former trader accused of conspiring to rig benchmark interest rates, abandoned an attempt to coax his step brother into aiding his alleged scam after deciding it was wrong to ask for his help, a London court heard on Wednesday. On the second day of the world's first jury trial of an individual charged with benchmark rate-rigging offences,...

  • LONDON, May 27- Financial market trading revolved around the U.S. dollar on Wednesday with European shares rallying on the back of a weak euro and U.S. shares and commodities struggling. At midsession in Europe, the dollar was up 0.5 percent against the yen at 123.68 yen, its highest since June 2007. The fact that bets against the yen have been so much less crowded than...

  • Chinese stocks in your 401(k)   Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 6:52 AM ET
    Chinese stocks in your 401(k)

    The Shanghai is clearly in bubble territory, says Patrick Chovanec, Silvercrest Asset Management, sharing his thoughts on Chinese stocks when considering asset allocation.

  • TOKYO— A nuclear plant in southern Japan on Wednesday obtained the final permit needed to restart its reactors, paving the way for it to become the first to go back online under new safety standards introduced after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. All of Japan's more than 40 reactors are currently offline for repairs or safety inspections. The plant, owned by Kyushu...

  • "The dollar had a strong rebound on the back of slightly better than expected U.S. durable goods and consumer confidence data, but that rebound has been short-lived," said Angus Campbell, senior analyst at FXpro in London. Greece and its European creditors have played down fears that Athens would default on a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week.

  • JGBs shrug off firm stocks, track Treasuries' rise Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 3:37 AM ET

    TOKYO, May 27- Japanese government bond prices firmed on Wednesday, as overnight strength in U.S. Treasuries and solid results of the Bank of Japan's bond-buying operations offset the impact of stronger Japanese shares and a weaker yen. The BOJ offered to buy 400 billion yen of JGBs in the 5- year to 10- year zone, 240 billion of JGBs in the 10- year to 25- year zone, and...

  • Investors should look towards Japan   Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 3:00 AM ET
    Investors should look towards Japan

    Kerry Craig, market strategist for JPMorgan Asset Management, explains why he is excited about equities in Japan.

  • TOKYO/ SAPPORO, Japan, May 27- Japanese policymakers on Wednesday offered mild but harmonised verbal warnings against excess currency turbulence, cautioning markets against pushing the yen down too rapidly. "In general, excessive exchange-rate volatility is undesirable," Kyodo news agency quoted Finance Minister Taro Aso as telling reporters before...

  • *Signs of Greek woes spreading to Spain dent risk appetite. TOKYO, May 27- Asian stocks sagged and the dollar stood tall on Wednesday on growing prospects the Federal Reserve was on track to raise interest rates later this year and concerns that financial woes could engulf Spain in addition to Greece. Spreadbetters expected a modestly higher open for Britain's...

  • SAPPORO, Japan, May 27- Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Kikuo Iwata said on Wednesday the timing for achieving the bank's 2 percent inflation target has been "somewhat delayed" from its initial projection. "At this moment, the BOJ has no intention of changing its commitment of achieving its price target at the earliest possible time," he told business leaders in...

  • *Former Fed chief Bernanke says China slowdown necessary. SEOUL, May 27- Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said that China's economic slowdown should not worry markets as there was no risk of a hard landing, and emphasised that a move to raise U.S. rates should be viewed as a positive sign for the world's largest economy. Bernanke, who participated in an...