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  • JGBs firm after decent demand in 2-year auction Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 11:58 PM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 26- Japanese government bond prices were little changed on Thursday, with the market relieved after witnessing decent investor demand for newly auctioned two-year debt. Auction results have drawn more attention from participants as lower liquidity, a result of massive debt purchases under the Bank of Japan's extensive easing scheme, has made the...

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell about 0.2 percent, as investors took profits after Yellen's testimony and a China factory survey's better-than-expected headline number lifted it to a five-month high on Wednesday. Japan's Nikkei stock average outperformed, rising about 0.9 percent to a 15- year high, helped by news that the...

  • SYDNEY/ TOKYO, Feb 26- The dollar nursed modest losses on Thursday, having eased for a second straight session after recent remarks from the head of the Federal Reserve prompted markets to push back the timing of an expected U.S. interest rate hike. The euro edged up to $1.1364, up from this week's trough of $1.1288, but remained stuck in a $1.12- $1.15 range held since...

  • Who's buying Japanese shares? Lunatics: Pro  Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 10:10 PM ET

    Paul Gambles, co-Founder of MBMG Group, explains why he thinks only "speculators and lunatics" are investing in Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index.

  • TOKYO, Feb 26- Japanese households cut spending further and retail sales fell for the first time in seven months in January, data on Friday is likely to show, a sign the central bank's radical stimulus has yet to convince consumers that inflation will take hold. Soft consumption is a headache for the Bank of Japan, which hopes its aggressive money printing will fuel...

  • U.S. lawmakers battle over currency in trade deals Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:04 PM ET

    A bipartisan bill introduced this month and proposals from other lawmakers seek to stop trading partners such as China and Japan from manipulating exchange rates to make their goods cheaper for overseas buyers. It encompasses 12 Pacific Rim trading partners including Japan, whose stimulus program has helped lop off a third of the yen's value since late...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 10 Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    ATLANTA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart speaks on monetary policy and the economic outlook before the 2015 Banking Outlook Conference- 1800 GMT. LONDON- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher gives a lecture on "Reflections on 10 Years at the Fed: Through the Financial Crisis" at event hosted by the...

  • *Greece debt deal supports euro but doubts persist. NEW YORK, Feb 25- The dollar fell against a basket of currencies on Wednesday on Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's suggestion the U.S. central bank would not rush into raising interest rates, spurring traders to trim bullish dollar bets. Treasuries from recent highs, as Yellen's testimony to Congress...

  • *Yellen refrains from giving clear hint on rate hike timing. LONDON, Feb 25- The dollar fell against a basket of currencies on Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggested the central bank would not be rushed into kicking off the U.S. interest rate tightening cycle. "Some investors were positioned for more hawkish comments and they were...

  • *Toyota wage talks seen as bellwether for Japan firms. TOYOTA CITY/ TOKYO, Feb 25- Toyota Motor Corp said on Wednesday it was "impossible" to meet union demands for a 13,300 yen monthly pay rise, as the automaker concluded the first day of labour talks widely considered crucial for Japan's economic recovery. Workers at Japan's eight automakers are all seeking base...

  • SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, Feb 25- The dollar edged down against the yen on Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggested the Fed won't be rushed into kicking off the U.S. interest rate tightening cycle. In closely watched remarks before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, Yellen said the Fed is preparing to consider interest rate hikes "on a...

  • Is the Nikkei in for a pullback? Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 9:37 PM ET

    Japan’s Nikkei powered to fresh 15-year highs - the uptrend looks set to continue, but investors should brace for a near-term pull back, analysts say.

  • TOKYO, Feb 25- The dollar edged down against the yen and euro early on Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen held back from giving a clear view on when the Fed may begin raising interest rates. In closely watched remarks before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, Yellen avoided the word "patient" in describing the Fed's approach to raising...

  • *European shares supported by Greek deal. NEW YORK, Feb 24- The dollar edged lower and bond yields fell after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Tuesday it would be several months before the Fed expects to raise interest rates, while European equity markets gained after Greece produced a list of proposed economic reforms.

  • LONDON/ NEW YORK, Feb 24- The dollar edged lower and bond yields fell after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Tuesday it would be several months before the Fed expects to raise interest rates, while European equity markets gained after Greece produced a list of proposed economic reforms. "It's pretty evenhanded," said Thomas Simons, money market...

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 24- The CEO of Singapore Exchange Ltd is to step down in June after five and a half years during which the bourse suffered a damaging penny stock crash that hit trading volumes. Singapore is Asia's leading venue for foreign exchange and has seen strong growth in derivatives trading, but the average daily value of shares traded on its exchange has...

  • MILAN, Feb 24- Italian aerospace and defence group Finmeccanica has agreed to sell its rail business to Hitachi Ltd in a deal which will cost the Japanese conglomerate up to 1.9 billion euros and cut Finmeccanica's debt by 15 percent. For Hitachi the acquisition will give it a stronger foothold in Europe where it competes with the world's top three train makers-...

  • US STOCKS-Futures flat with Yellen on tap Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 7:51 AM ET

    *Yellen's two-day testimony before Congress to start at 10 a.m.. NEW YORK, Feb 24- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Tuesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 holding near record levels ahead of testimony by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and a flurry of economic data. *Yellen will give the central bank's semi-annual Monetary Policy Report to the Senate...

  • *Fed's Yellen testifies to Congress at 1000 EST/ 1500 GMT. LONDON, Feb 24- World shares held near all-time highs on Tuesday on relief that Greece had submitted reform plans and the dollar was firmer on expectations that Fed chair Janet Yellen would keep the bank nudging towards U.S. rate hikes. The dollar gained 0.4 percent to 119.34 yen and was up roughly 0.15...

  • JGBs edge higher, bolstered by solid 40-year sale Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 1:25 AM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 24- Japanese government bonds firmed on Tuesday, bolstered by solid demand at a 40- year auction. The Ministry of Finance sold 399.5 billion yen worth of 40- year JGBs with a 1.7 percent coupon at a highest accepted yield of 1.550 percent. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen later in the day, which could offer clues on the timing of a U.S. interest rate hike as...