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  • Nikkei jumps to 2-1/2 week high on rosy U.S. data Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 1:18 AM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 24- Japanese stocks rallied on Wednesday after Wall Street hit a record closing-high on the back of data pointing to rapid momentum in the U.S. economy, which boosted risk appetite and lent weight to last week's positive assessment by the Federal Reserve. The Nikkei benchmark gained 1.2 percent in thin trade to 17,854.23, its highest close since Dec. 8...

  • *Nikkei advances on back of record day on Wall Street. TOKYO, Dec 24- Japanese stocks rallied on Wednesday after Wall Street raced to a record closing-high on the back of data showing decisive strength in the U.S. economy, which lifted risk appetite and backed last week's upbeat assessment by the Federal Reserve. On Wall Street the Dow closed above 18,000 for the...

  • TOKYO, Dec 24- Japanese stocks rallied and the dollar stood tall on Wednesday thanks to surprisingly robust U.S. economic growth, helping investors head into the Christmas holidays in a more relaxed mood after the global markets turbulence of the past two weeks. Tokyo's Nikkei followed suit, rising 1 percent and South Korea's Kospi was up 0.2 percent.

  • *Consensus grows for Brent to remain above $60 for rest of year. SINGAPORE, Dec 22- Brent crude futures rose more than 2 percent toward $63 a barrel on Monday as Asian markets firmed into a holiday-shortened week and consensus spread that prices would likely remain above $60 for the rest of the year. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan...

  • *Consensus grows for Brent to remain above $60 for rest of year. SINGAPORE, Dec 22- Oil prices rose on Monday as Asian markets opened strongly into a holiday-shortened week and consensus spread that Brent crude futures would likely remain above $60 for the rest of the year. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan extended gains and was up 1.4...

  • TOKYO, Dec 22- Japanese stocks advanced on Monday as rebounding crude prices underpinned oil-related shares. The Tokyo Stock Exchange oil and coal products companies subindex starred, gaining 8.4 percent as oil staunched its recent losses. Oil refiner Showa Shell Sekiyu soared 27.7 percent on a media report that it was in talks to be acquired by bigger rival...

  • *Consensus grows that Brent to remain above $60 for rest of year. SINGAPORE, Dec 22- Oil prices rose on Monday as Asian markets opened strongly into a holiday-shortened week and consensus spread that Brent crude futures would likely remain above $60 for the rest of the year. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan extended gains and was up 1.1...

  • Asian markets gain as oil rebounds Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 11:12 PM ET

    South Korea's Kospi added 0.4 percent to 1,936.79 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 1.4 percent to 23,428.73. Stocks in Southeast Asia and Taiwan also rose. ANALYST'S TAKE: "Our markets have opened firmer after the strong rebound in energy prices," said Tony Kwok, a sales trader in Sydney for CMC Markets.

  • *Consensus growing that Brent to remain above $60 for rest of yr. SINGAPORE, Dec 22- Oil prices rose in early trading on Monday as Asian markets opened strongly into a holiday-shortened week and as consensus spread that Brent crude prices would likely remain above $60 for the rest of the year. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.3...

  • TOKYO, Dec 22- Asian shares took their cues from Wall Street and kicked off a holiday-shortened week on a strong footing on Monday, while the euro touched a fresh two-year low against the greenback on divergent monetary policy expectations. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan extended gains and was up 1.1 percent. "We're seeing a positive...

  • *Consensus growing that Brent to remain above $60 for rest of yr. SINGAPORE, Dec 22- Oil prices rose in early trading on Monday as Asian markets opened strongly into a holiday-shortened week and as consensus spread that Brent crude prices would likely remain above $60 for the rest of the year. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.3...

  • TOKYO, Dec 22- Asian shares and the dollar began a holiday-shortened week on a strong footing on Monday, with the euro testing two-year lows against the greenback on divergent monetary policy expectations. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.3 percent in early trade, while Japan's Nikkei stock average was up 0.4 percent ahead of...

  • LONDON, Dec 19- A three-day rally in world share markets started to peter out on Friday as worries emerged that the European Central Bank's money printing plans could come with a number of restrictive strings attached. Officials speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity said the ECB may require countries such as Greece or Portugal to set aside extra money...

  • *Asia shares buoyed as Wall St surges for second day. LONDON, Dec 19- World markets are ending their last full week of 2014 on a high, as Wall Street made its biggest two-day advance since late 2011 and European shares headed for their strongest week of the year. French IT services company Atos SE Xerox Corp's outsourcing arm.

  • US stocks inch higher after a big two-day rally Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:07 AM ET

    Benchmark U.S. crude bounced up from recent lows, climbing $2.36 to settle at $56.52 a barrel in New York, as traders bet that a 6- month plunge in prices had gone too far. Nike's stock dropped $2.24, or 2 percent, to $94.84. The maker of athletic apparel posted results that beat Wall Street's forecasts late Thursday, but a drop in orders from Japan and developing...

  • *Asia shares buoyed as Wall St surges for second day. SYDNEY, Dec 19- Asian shares enjoyed their best day in 15 months on Friday, after Wall Street boasted its biggest two-day advance since late 2011 amid relief the Federal Reserve was in no rush to withdraw stimulus from the U.S. economy. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan put on 1.5 percent,...

  • TOKYO, Dec 19- Japanese stocks jumped on Friday after Wall Street enjoyed its best two days since late 2011, with sentiment boosted by the Federal Reserve's pledge of patience in its approach to raising interest rates. Toyota Motor Corp rose 2.0 percent, also helped by a Nikkei business daily report that it is to consolidate its seat-making operations in 2016. 1/...

  • *Asia shares buoyed as Wall St surges for second day. SYDNEY, Dec 19- Japanese stocks led Asian markets higher on Friday, after Wall Street boasted its biggest two-day advance since late 2011 amid relief the Federal Reserve was in no rush to start hiking interest rates. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei climbed 1.9 percent to erase much of it's recent losses, while Australia's...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian stocks catch Wall St tailwind Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:26 PM ET

    SYDNEY, Dec 19- Asian markets looked set for another upbeat session on Friday after Wall Street boasted its biggest two-day advance since late 2011 amid relief the Federal Reserve was in no rush to start hiking interest rates. Brent was quoted $1.37 lighter at $59.81 a barrel, while U.S. crude was hovering around $55.00 after losing more than $2 on Thursday.

  • LONDON, Dec 18- The Swiss franc tumbled on Thursday after its central bank announced a charge on deposits, wary of a flood of money exiting Russia and likely inflows from the euro zone if the ECB starts full-scale money printing early next year. The jitters of recent weeks calmed a touch as oil rose for a second day, although the pressure was still on Russia's rouble...