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  • *Stock's dividends a draw in nearly zero-interest Japan. *Some foreign funds have criticized the Japan- only shares. TOKYO, July 2- Toyota Motor Corp set the price for its "Model AA" class shares at the top of its range, as retail investors flocked to the $4 billion issue the world's biggest automaker hopes will secure it longer-term shareholders.

  • LONDON, July 2- The dollar was near a three-week high on Thursday and world stock markets had a delicate feel, as the implication of U.S. jobs data later for a possible Fed rate hike added to Europe's uncertainty over Greece. Europe's main bourses in London, Frankfurt and Paris and Milan opened largely flat having rallied on Wednesday but the mood remained skittish...

  • TOKYO, July 2- Decent demand at a 10- year sale underpinned Japanese government bond prices on Thursday, as yields took their cues from a drop in U.S. The Ministry of Finance's monthly auction of 2.4 trillion yen of 10- year JGBs with a coupon of 0.4 percent resulted in a lowest accepted price of 98.89. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday urged Greeks to...

  • *Sunday's referendum could be flash point for Greece. SYDNEY, July 2- The yen dipped in Asian trade on Thursday as the market geared up for a deluge of U.S. data that could back expectations for the Federal Reserve to lift interest rates and briefly steal the spotlight from the Greece's debt crisis. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday urged Greeks to reject...

  • South Korea turns to cheap spot crudes as glut grows Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 1:05 AM ET

    SEOUL, July 2- Refiners in South Korea, the world's fifth-largest crude oil importer, have stepped up spot purchases this year, buying at prices depressed by an oil glut as they run their plants at high rates to catch strong processing margins. "Refining margins are firm thanks to rising demand triggered by weak oil prices, which has supported higher throughput...

  • *MSCI Asia-Ex Japan up 0.4 pct; Shanghai index down 0.9 pct. Shares in Shanghai and Shenzhen have lost a quarter of their market capitalization since the rout began, according to Thomson Reuters data. Broader investor sentiment is also expected to remain cautious in the coming weeks, thanks to growing uncertainty over whether Greece can step back from an...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to July 15 Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 AM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England's Andrew Gracie speaks at financial services cyber security conference- 0805 GMT. MILAN, Italy- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi to give opening remarks at T2S launch celebration- 1510 GMT. MILAN, Italy- European Central Bank Executive Board member Yves Mersch to give closing remarks at T2S launch celebration- 1700 GMT.

  • HONG KONG, July 2- Asian shares lost early steadiness and Chinese stocks got off to a weak start on Thursday, while upbeat U.S. economic data helped the dollar gain as investors globally opted for caution due to Greece's standoff with its creditors. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.13 percent following yet another weak...

  • TOKYO, July 2- Asian stocks were subdued on Thursday as Greece's refusal to back down in a standoff with its creditors kept most markets on edge, while the dollar got a boost from upbeat U.S. economic indicators. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan stood flat. China's securities regulator said on Wednesday it has relaxed rules on margin...

  • July 1- Asia's largest economies showed hints of healing last month but euro zone factory growth remained tepid as Greek debt talks, and the country's possible departure from the bloc, dominated debate in Europe. Speculation Athens would fail to make June 30' s 1.6 billion euro repayment to the International Monetary Fund, heightening expectations Greece...

  • TOKYO— Julie Hamp, Toyota's most senior female executive, has resigned following her arrest in Japan on suspicion of drug law violations, the automaker said Wednesday. Hamp tendered her resignation through her attorneys on Tuesday, and Toyota Motor Corp. accepted it because of "the concerns and inconvenience that recent events have caused our stakeholders,"...

  • TOKYO, July 1- Toyota Motor Corp said on Wednesday Julie Hamp, its first female managing offer, had resigned following her arrest last month on suspicion of illegally importing the painkiller oxycodone into Japan. Hamp was arrested on June 18 after customs officials found tablets of oxycodone in a parcel shipped to her from the United States.

  • TOKYO— Toyota says US executive arrested in Japan on suspicion of drug law violations has resigned.

  • TOKYO— Toyota, Nissan and Honda are working together to get more fuel cell vehicles on roads in what they call Japan's big push toward "a hydrogen society." Only 23 have opened in Japan so far, with hundreds more being planned. Officials from Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. appeared together in a news conference in Tokyo Wednesday.

  • JGBs edge down as investors monitor Greek situation Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 2:53 AM ET

    TOKYO, July 1- Japanese government bond prices began the second half of the year on a slightly weaker tone on Wednesday, although the Bank of Japan's asset buying operations as well as wariness over developments in Greece's debt crisis underpinned the market. The BOJ bought 70 billion yen of JGBs maturing within one year, 375 billion of JGBs in the 1- year to 3- year...

  • *China activity surveys hint at some leveling out, no rebound. SYDNEY, July 1- Growth in China's services sector picked up in June while big Japanese companies planned to ramp up spending at the fastest pace in a decade, offering hope that prospects are improving for Asia's largest economies despite sluggish factory growth. Wednesday's data fueled expectations...

  • Don't read too much into BOJ's Tankan survey: Pro Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 11:32 PM ET
    Don't read too much into BOJ's Tankan survey: Pro

    Marcel Thieliant, Japan economist at Capital Economics, is skeptical of the Bank of Japan's latest Tankan survey because Japan's recent economic data have been downbeat.

  • SYDNEY/ TOKYO, July 1- The euro slipped in Asia on Wednesday with Greece's fate still hanging in the balance after it became the first advanced economy to ever be in arrears to the International Monetary Fund. It has been choppy between $1.0955 and $1.1279 this week in reaction to ever-changing developments in Greece. The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday...

  • TOKYO, July 1- Japanese business sentiment improved to levels not seen since before the economy slipped into recession last year, offering relief to policymakers keen to keep the recovery intact without additional stimulus. Big companies plan to increase capital expenditure at the fastest pace in a decade, the Bank of Japan's closely watched "tankan" survey...

  • Are Japan's companies getting downright cheerful? Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 8:51 PM ET

    The BOJ's tankan survey showed the country's large manufacturers are more optimistic than expected, with the index hitting its highest since March 2014.